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Re: E-M:/ Gravel pit question

Enviro-Mich message from Andrew Mutch <andrewimutch@yahoo.com>

Agreed. It's key to get up-to-speed on what the local
ordinances do and don't allow, especially when it
sounds like the local officials may not know
themselves. But I did want to highlight that issue
because it was quite a shock to all of us on Planning
Commission when our Attorney brought it to our
attention. We were all relying on the plain language
of our ordinance but he pointed out that the Courts
have interpreted this language differently. I'm sure
that's no shock to anyone here.

Andrew Mutch

> Enviro-Mich message from "William Tobler"
> <williamtobler@critterswoods.org>
> Of course Andrew is right.
> With courts and judges, nothing is a forgone
> conclusion, even when 99% 
> of the right is on one side.
> It also comes down to the attorneys and clients for
> both sides, and 
> their will and ability to win.
> On the other hand, the starting point is the local
> zoning ordinances, 
> knowing what is contained within, and whether the
> local officials are 
> willing to represent their citizens or not.
> Regardless of whether this gravel pit is allowed to
> continue or not, 
> the local government should start defining their
> position on such 
> similar events.  If they fail to do this, they'll be
> in the same boat 
> next time, and the time after that, and ...

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