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Operating Medical Marijuana Facilities: A Guide for Prospective License Applicants

Author: Dane Carey In September 2016, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed three Medical Marijuana laws (Acts 281, 282, and 283), providing for lawful operation and licensing of medical marijuana facilities in Michigan. The permitted facilities will be licensed and highly regulated by the State (governed by Acts 281 and 283) under the purview of the…

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In the Shadow of Proposal 3: Knowing Your Property Rights

Author: George E. Powell Election season is upon us, and consequently, the heavily debated Proposal 3 will finally be up for vote. Unless you have missed the litany of yard-signage and continuous local media coverage, you would surely know that there is a contentious battle being waged over an amendment to Traverse City’s Charter. The amendment…

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Can You Cut Down Your Neighbor’s Trees?

We often get questions from clients who either want to cut down trees that are on the border of their property line with their neighbor or who at least want to remove several branches that are encroaching on their property from a tree on their neighbor’s property. So, you might ask, what’s the answer? This…

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Woodland Regulation: Tree Removal

Author: Daniel J. Dingeman The ability to remove trees in connection with land development is limited by various types of woodlands regulation. In the development context, this regulation focuses on not only on the restrictions on tree removal, but also on controlling soil erosion and sedimentation. The latter focus, which will not be discussed in any…

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Corporate Relief Under Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act

Author: George E. Powell The snow has (finally) melted.  Northern Michigan residents can now dig through closets for their sandals, beach towels and swim trunks. Seasonal changes bring more than wardrobe changes, however—the warm months escort in droves of construction and land development projects.  Such projects are not always as clean and tidy as they appear from…

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Serious Consequences for Impacting a Wetland

Author: W. Dane Carey Property owners and construction clients often come to us for advice after already starting a building or development project because the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has informed them that their activities have impacted a wetland. Unfortunately, it is often too late at this point to avoid serious consequences. While there are certain…

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Local Interest: 100+ Years of Affordable Housing in Traverse City; Affordable Housing circa 2005

In recent months, tall buildings, development, and affordable housing have been at the epicenter of discussion and debate in the Traverse City community. Traverse City’s economy is based, in large part, on the service industry and light manufacturing, but property values are driven by the high demand for residential real estate. This unique dichotomy has created a housing imbalance and…

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“Uncommon Elements” of a Condominium Project

What happens when a condominium project is left in an incomplete stage of development? What effect does it have upon those who have already purchased a condominium? These questions have become far more common since the economic downturn. Michigan’s Condominium Act provides the legislative authority for the creation of a real property interest known as…

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