November 2020

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

Knowing Your Zoning Appeal Deadlines Could be the Difference Between Development and Disappointment


By Michael R. Vogt, Dykema

Whether your client’s next real estate project involves new construction, significant renovation, or just changing the building’s use, there is a good chance you will need some type of municipal zoning approval(s) before starting the project. City councils, planning commissions, and zoning boards are comprised of citizens from any variety of backgrounds and they are inherently political bodies. As such, there can often be a variety of factors influencing their decisions—e.g., personal relationships, political pressures, undisclosed business interests, etc.

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