Category: Zoning

Signs of the times…

You have leased a new building for your business. One of your tasks is selecting a new business sign for opening. There are a few LED and Digital options that are attractive to you. You plan to select the sign and have it installed by week’s end. That easy, right? Not so fast. Every municipality

Zoned out…

You’re interested in opening your physical location for your food catering business. You found the perfect space, the lease seems straightforward and the landlord appears to be honest and fair. There is some work to do in the space, but it won’t be too costly. You sign the lease for the building and your equipment

The “Z” Word

This week, we are re-sharing a VERY important tip on zoning. For those business owners starting out at home, looking to open a second or third location, transitioning from home-based to a store front- beware! Before you order equipment, sign that lease or purchase agreement, make sure you can operate your business where you intend

Petitions to halt Detroit’s medical marijuana ordinances ruled invalid!

Back on February 5th, we shared the announcement made by the City of Detroit’s Corporation Counsel that medical marijuana dispensaries would be allowed to place bids to operate beginning on March 1st. In order to qualify for operation, dispensaries are required to comply with the medical marijuana dispensary zoning ordinance passed by the City Council

Saying ‘bye’ to strip malls in Detroit’s Midtown?

Midtown Detroit Inc., a nonprofit active in the redevelopment of Midtown, is currently lobbying for new zoning regulations that would change the current layout of the area. With these new regulations, the typical strip mall –single-story shops with a parking lot – would virtually be banned! Significant conditions would be required to build new ones.

Medical Marijuana dispensaries will soon be bidding to operate in Detroit!

On Tuesday, the City of Detroit’s Corporation Counsel announced at a City Council meeting that medical marijuana dispensaries may begin placing bids to operate as early as March 1st. All bids must be received by the March 31st deadline. Currently, there are approximately 200 dispensaries within the city. If these dispensaries do not comply, they

New regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries in Detroit!!

Breaking news! Detroit City Council passes medical marijuana dispensary zoning regulations. Check the Crain’s piece out here ! Questions? Concerns? Contact us today! P: 248-395-3699 E: *Please be sure to read the disclaimer section on our site!!

Zoning and Religious Freedom collide!

On Monday, the Department of Justice filed suit against Michigan’s Pittsfield Township for violating the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000. The Pittsfield Township Planning Commission denied the Muslim Islamic Academy’s request to build a school on a vacant parcel of land in the township, citing traffic and noise. The DOJ believes

Home-based businesses and zoning: Being in the comfort of your own home does not make you an exception to the rule!

We have discussed the issue of zoning plenty of times before. However, with a recent spike in home-based business clients, we think it’s VERY important to talk about what zoning means for your home-based business. Zoning laws determine what you can do and where you can do it. Each city has its own regulations that

I own this land… I can’t build on it?!?!

Check out this recent Michigan Court of Appeals case involving a denied variance request made to a Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). Here, the owner of a small island wanted to build a home on the island. The township deputy-zoning administrator determined that the island was “not zoned.” However, the township planning commission chairman appealed

Who is responsible for approving zoning ordinances and permits???

Click here to check out this informative article explaining who is responsible for approving zoning ordinances and how zoning permits are issued. If you missed yesterday’s tip of the week, make sure to read it to understand the impact of zoning laws on you or your business. Questions about how this process may effect you

Location, Location, Location… How zoning impacts your business!

When many people hear the word “zoning”, either they do not understand its implications or their eyes glaze over. However uninteresting or unrecognized it may be, it is extremely important. Zoning controls the physical development of land and the kinds of uses to which each individual property may be put. Zoning laws identify the areas

City of Southfield approves zoning that allows for medical marijuana facilities!

Read about the Southfield City Council’s recent approval of medical marijuana facilities. The Council approved a zoning ordinance that will allow the creation of medical marijuana facilities within the city. The ordinance was approved 5-0 at the council’s regular meeting Feb. 23. What are your thoughts? Questions about how this new ordinance may effect you

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