March 2020

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

Condominiums Cheer Appellate Decision on Development

Condos Cheer

By Robert M. Meisner and Mark Petrie, Meisner Law Group PC

The recent Michigan Court of Appeals decision in Cove Creek Condominium Association v. Vistal Land & Home Development, LLC et al. (Mich App No. 342372, December 19, 2019, published) affirmed the lower court’s ruling that the language of the 2016 amendment to Section 67 of the Michigan Condominium Act (2016 PA 33) should not be interpreted to apply retroactively.

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Wind Park Tax Appeals–A Legislative Solution?


By Richard Sundquist, Clark Hill PLC

Since the Michigan Clean and Renewable Energy Act became effective in 2008, more than 30 commercial wind parks throughout the state have been built or are under construction or in the planning stages. Wind energy systems projects have reached Mason, Hillsdale, Gratiot, Isabella, Huron, Tuscola, and Sanilac counties and the Upper Peninsula. As indicated in their most recent integrated resource plans, DTE Energy and Consumers Energy are all in on renewables, phasing out coal plants and focusing on wind and solar projects for the foreseeable future.

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