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Zoning Law And Land Use

The ability to use or develop real estate often requires sophisticated legal counsel. The attorneys at Myers & Myers, PLLC have extensive experience helping developers, builders, businesses and individuals successfully maneuver projects through a myriad of zoning laws and land use regulations and approvals required by local, county and/or state government agencies. Give us a call at 517-540-1700 or submit a request for an appointment today to find out how we can help you.

Approvals For Zoning And Land Use

Regardless of the scope of your project − from a residential variance request to obtaining the necessary approvals for a large commercial or industrial development − our lawyers possess the knowledge and experience to provide all necessary legal assistance to efficiently navigate your project through a successful approval process.

In the zoning and land use approval process, we know that time spent is money lost. Our attorneys are intimately familiar with all aspects of the local, county, and state regulatory approval process in Michigan. We understand the issues and recognize the potential obstacles to be avoided. Our experience can help you minimize the delay and expense in securing the approval of your project.

Zoning and Land Use Litigation

Our experience with zoning law and land use matters also extends to the representation of clients in litigation and administrative appeals throughout the state and in federal courts. If the approval of a project is held up by a governmental body or agency, the factual information and legal arguments presented to the government agency are the foundation of a future legal challenge and crucial to its success. The Myers & Myers attorneys are also experienced in protecting the rights of property owners arising under federal statutes and constitutional law, including claims under the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the Constitution. In addition, we have significant experience protecting religious organizations that have been burdened by restrictive zoning and land use regulations and have successfully represented churches and other religious institutions in claims brought under the federal Religion Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).

While the goal is always an expedited voluntary approval, our lawyers can ensure that an appropriate record is established if future legal proceedings become necessary. When legal recourse does become necessary, we are prepared to aggressively challenge the government’s actions, as we have successfully done on behalf of numerous clients.

The following are examples of land use and zoning law issues on which we routinely assist clients:

  • Conditional/contract rezoning
  • Contract zoning
  • Land divisions under the Michigan Land Division Act
  • Litigation and administrative appeals
  • Nonconforming uses
  • Planned Unit Development (PUD) approval
  • Representation before zoning boards of appeals and planning commissions
  • Rezoning of property
  • Riparian rights disputes
  • Site plan approval
  • Special assessments
  • Special use permits
  • Variances

To speak to an attorney at Myers & Myers, PLLC, concerning a land use or zoning law issue: fill out the contact form on this site. From our office in Livingston County, centrally located between Lansing and Detroit, we are able to serve clients throughout Michigan.