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Municipal Maintenance Codes

Although it is common for medium and larger sized cities and villages in Michigan to have fairly detailed property maintenance codes, local governments in most lesser populated areas (including rural and semi-rural townships) rarely adopt property maintenance codes. Accordingly, if blight and poor building maintenance issues arise in communities without a formal maintenance code in place, municipal enforcement becomes a problem.   Read More

Joint Upkeep Obligations for Landowners Along Private Roads

On October 22, 2020, the Michigan Court of Appeals addressed maintenance issues for private roads. In Bayberry Group, Inc. v. Crystal Beach Condominium Association ____ Mich App ___ (2020), the Court of Appeals held that the requirement to maintain a private road easement by those with ingress and egress rights is limited solely to the upkeep of the roadway itself, and does not extend to the entire right-of-way or easement area that may include landscaping, traffic signs, lighting, irrigation and curbs located beyond the roadway itself.   Read More

Best Law Firm Honors :: Municipal Law in Grand Rapids

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Bloom Sluggett Welcomes Paralegal Tonya Voakes

Bloom Sluggett, PC is proud to announce that Tonya Voakes has joined our firm as a paralegal. Prior to coming to Bloom Sluggett, PC, Tonya served as a paralegal with the Grand Rapids City Attorney’s Office, and before that, with a large Grand Rapids law firm.    Read More

Exciting news as two Grand Rapids municipal attorneys receive Best Lawyers honors

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Our Firm is Moving

Effective July 31, 2020, Bloom Sluggett, PC is moving to the Waters Center Building, which is located just a few blocks from our previous location. Our new address is 161 Ottawa Ave NW, Suite 400, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.  Read More

Legislative Update: Michigan Liquor Control Code

On July 1, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed the following bills into law with immediate effect.  Read More

Dave Eberle Earns Master Citizen Planner Credential from MSU

Bloom Sluggett is pleased to announce that Dave Eberle has earned the Master Citizen Planner credential through the Michigan State University Extension Program. The Master Citizen Planner credential is an achievement recognized as the standard of excellence among planning officials and community leaders throughout Michigan.  Read More

Standing Requirements for Zoning Lawsuits :: Michigan Courts

Over the years, the Michigan courts have struggled with which parties can bring a lawsuit or appeal in a county circuit court to challenge a zoning decision by a Michigan city, village or township. The concept is often referred to as “standing,” and centers on which party or parties (typically, a neighbor) has sufficient interest in a controversy to be able to bring a lawsuit or to appeal a zoning approval decision via a circuit court in Michigan. The standing issue arises in a variety of different zoning contexts, including challenging municipal zoning decisions such as rezonings, variances, special land use approvals, site plan approvals, and other zoning approvals.   Read More

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Michigan Update :: 06.09.2020

Governor Whitmer has issued multiple executive orders the past couple of weeks regarding Michigan Stay Home – Stay Safe and MI Safe Start: A Plan to Re-engage Michigan’s Economy.    Read More