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Seasonal Homes and the Michigan Principal Residence Exemption

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of a municipality which denied a property owner’s petition for a “principal residence exemption” (“PRE”).  Under Michigan’s PRE, also known as the “homestead exemption,” a principal residence property can be exempted from the property tax levied by a local school district for school operating purposes.  To apply the PRE, a person must be a Michigan resident who owns and occupies the property as a principal residence.  Michigan statute defines “principal residence” as “the 1 place where an owner of the property has his or her true, fixed, and permanent home to which, whenever absent, he or she intends to return and that shall continue as a principal residence until another principal residence is established.”  Read More

Medical Marihuana Outdoor Cultivation

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently held that local zoning restrictions on outdoor medical marihuana cultivation are preempted by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (“MMMA”). In Charter Township of York v Miller, homeowners who were also MMMA patients constructed a backyard structure to be used for medical marihuana cultivation. The Township’s Zoning Ordinance expressly provided that, while residential property could be used by a medical marihuana cardholder for growing marihuana, the medical marihuana was required to be contained “within the main building” in an enclosed, locked facility.  This zoning restriction was consistent with the MMMA’s original cultivation restrictions; however, a 2012 amendment to the MMMA expanded the permissible cultivation locations to expressly include outdoor space. However, the Township argued that its broad zoning authority under the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act (“MZEA”) authorized it to prohibit entirely outdoor medical marihuana cultivation.  Read More

The Michigan Lake & Stream Associations, Inc Annual Convention – 2018

Cliff Bloom will be teaching seminars on April 20 and 21, 2018 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

2018 Best Law Firm Recognition for Municipal Law in Grand Rapids

We're humbled and delighted to announce that we've been recognized as a "2018 Best Law Firm" in the field of Municipal Law.  Read More

Bloom Sluggett Introduces New Firm Name and Attorney

As we approach our five-year anniversary, we are pleased to announce our new firm name, “Bloom Sluggett, PC.” While the name has changed, our firm has not, and we remain dedicated to providing exemplary client services.   Read More

Legislative Alert - Two Notable Bills Headed to Governor's Desk

Two pieces of legislation are headed to the desk of the Governor and, if signed, could impact Michigan’s municipalities.  Read More

Jeff Sluggett Receives "Best Lawyers in America" Recognition

We're proud to announce that Jeff Sluggett has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017©. Jeff was honored for his work in the area of municipal law.  Read More

We Welcome Mike Christensen

We’re pleased to welcome former District Court Judge, Mike Christensen to our legal team. After decades of experience in the 61st District Court in Grand Rapids, where he presided over criminal and civil matters, and in the Kent County Prosecutor's Office where he worked mainly in the Child Victim Felony Unit, Mike has joined our team as an attorney specializing in ordinance prosecution.  Read More

Jeff Sluggett to Speak at Local Government Academy in Lansing

Jeff Sluggett will be a speaker on May 18th at the Local Government Academy, a three-day seminar for  newer lawyers sponsored by the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. The Academy is held in Lansing. Jeff will be speaking on public right of way issues.  Read More

Cliff Bloom's FOX17 Morning Mix Interview for the Upcoming Cottage and Lakefront Living Show Presentations

Cliff Bloom conducted an interview with FOX17 Morning Mix regarding his upcoming presentations at the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show in Grand Rapids for his book Buying and Selling Waterfront Property in Michigan.  See the video below.  Read More