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Jun 2017
June 12, 2017

MSC denies leave to consider whether municipalities can bring suit for violating zoning ordinances after decades of use

In Charter Township of Lyon v. Petty and Charter Township of Lyon v. Hoskins, Case Nos. 155024 and 155025, in lieu of granting leave to appeal the Court of Appeals' decision that municipalities may choose whether and when to enforce zoning ordinances at any time, the Michigan Supreme Court vacated two portions of the Court of Appeals' decision, opining that these two statements were not necessary for the holding and were not well grounded in Michigan jurisprudence.

Jul 2015
July 08, 2015

COA: No clear error where trial court makes findings of fact and evidentiary evaluations under MCR 2.504(B)(2)

In Township of Williamstown v. Hudson, No. 321306, the Court of Appeals held that the trial court did not err in evaluating the credibility of the appellant’s evidence and making factual findings, which it was permitted to do under MCR 2.504(B)(2).  The trial court also did not err in holding that Michigan’s Right to Farm Act (RTFA) did not shield appellant’s family farm from conflicting local zoning ordinances.

Apr 2014
April 04, 2014

MSC finds defendant’s shooting range was a “sports shooting range” and exempt from compliance with local ordinance

In Addison Township v. Barnhart, the Supreme Court determined that the defendant’s shooting range was entitled to protection from local ordinances under MCL 691.1541a.  The court held that in order for MCL 691.1541a to apply, (1) the range must be a “sports shooting range” that existed as of July 5, 1994, and (2) the shooting range must comply with “generally accepted operation practices.”

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