Michigan Court of Appeals Reinstates Special Use Permit for Acme Township

Michigan Court of Appeals Reinstates Special Use Permit for Acme Township

9/20/2007
The Michigan Court of Appeals has reversed a decision by the Grand Traverse Circuit Court that overturned a special use permit issued to developer Village at Grand Traverse, LLC for a planned mixed-use development, including a Meijer store as the anchor, to be located in Acme Township, just outside of Traverse City. The trial court had declared the permit void in response to efforts by a local citizen's group that opposes the project. The Court of Appeals, however, reversed the trial court's decision and ordered that the permit be reinstated, finding that the trial court had erred in substituting its judgment for that of the Acme Township Board and in finding that the special use permit violated the Acme Township Zoning Ordinance. Village at Grand Traverse, LLC and Meijer, Inc. were represented in the Michigan Court of Appeals by Dickinson Wright attorneys Timothy A. Stoepker, Peter H. Webster, and Phillip J. DeRosier. For more information, the Michigan Court of Appeals' opinion in Concerned Citizens of Acme Twp v Acme Twp, No. 264109, is available at: Citizens of Acme Twp v Acme Twp, No. 264109
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