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The Michigan Lake & Stream Associations, Inc Annual Convention - 2017

Cliff Bloom will be teaching seminars on April 21 and 22, 2017 at the annual Michigan Lake & Stream Associations Convention at Crystal Mountain in Northern Michigan.  The topics will include water/riparian law, buying and selling waterfront property, local government regulation of the waterfront, easements and similar issues.  Read More

Urban Farming: Better Direction

The degree to which a local government can regulate or restrict urban farming has, until recently, been unclear. However, in April the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development approved the 2014 Site Selection Generally Accepted Agriculture Management Practices (“GAAMPs”) under the Michigan Right to Farm Act, which provide better direction for local units of government.  Read More

Recording of Judgments Affecting Land

The attorneys of Bloom Sluggett Morgan have long advised their clients to record any favorable court judgment affecting land—including consent judgments—with the County Register of Deeds Office.  This includes judgments involving land use, zoning regulations, deed restrictions and similar issues.  That advice was validated by the Michigan Court of Appeals in its decision in Hartford Equities, Inc, v County of Clinton (November 26, 2013; Docket No. 313443).  Recording a judgment provides notice of its existence, and helps ensure that it may be enforced against future owners or others who may obtain an interest in the lands involved.  Read More

“You Can’t Do That!”

What is a deed restriction? Is a deed restriction the same as a restrictive covenant, covenant, or plat restriction? In general, all of those words and phrases involve the same concept. I will refer to all of those restrictions in this article collectively as “deed restrictions.”  Read More