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Township of Williamstown v. Sandalwood Ranch, LLC


The State of Michigan Court of Appeals just released a published-after-release opinion in Township of Williamstown v. Sandalwood Ranch, LLC that may be of interest to Agricultural Law Section members.

PA 116 Farmland Preservation: Considerations for the General Practitioner


By D. Raghav Shan

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) oversees the administration of the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program. The Farmland Development Rights Agreement (commonly known as PA 116), is a reciprocal negative easement that puts a “temporary restriction on the land between the State and a landowner, voluntarily entered into by a landowner, preserving their land for agriculture in exchange for certain tax benefits and exemptions for various special assessments.” Read Article

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