August 2019

An informative e-newsletter for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Michigan Opens the Door for Commercial Solar Development on Farmland

Michigan Opens the Door for Commercial Solar Development on Farmland

By Stephen R. Estey and Lauren A. Evers, Dykema Gossett

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) recently made a significant policy change to allow for commercial solar energy development on certain land currently enrolled in the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program, commonly referred to as “PA 116 Land.” This new policy creates a substantial opportunity for solar development in the State, as approximately a third of the State’s farmland is PA 116 Land.

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Michigan Construction Lien Act Amendment

Wire Fraud Snapshot

By John D. Bartley, O’Reilly Rancilio

Under the Michigan Construction Lien Act (the Act), a contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or laborer who provided labor or materials causing improvements to real property could record a lien against such property. Public Act 367 of 2018 amends the Act to allow architects, professional engineers, and professional surveyors who have contracted with the property owner (design professionals) to also have lien rights even if no actual physical improvement occurs on the property.

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