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The township has an individual that serves on the Planning Commission and on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Can the individual vote on both boards on the same issue?

January 2019

The Township has an individual that serves on the Planning Commission and on the Zoning Board of Appeals. When a project comes before both, can the in...

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Does a Deputy Clerk have to be a Resident of the Township?

December 2018

Elected officials must be residents of the township in which they are seeking office. MCL 168.342 provides that "[a] person is not eligible to a towns...

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Can a Township be reimbursed for the costs of producing documents in response to a subpoena?

November 2018

The answer depends on whether the township is involved in litigation that is the basis of the subpoena. If the township is a party to the litigation (...

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How long after someone receives a special use permit do they have before that have to commence work under the permit?

October 2018

The Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, MCL § 125.302(1), allows a legislative body to provide for special land uses in a zoning ordinance. The townshi...

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