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    Zoning signature for auto dealerships in Michigan

    I just got a call from a local auto dealer saying that every dealer needs to renew their license this fall, and on the form is a review by the local zoning official. Does anyone else know what is going on with this?

    I did find this information.
    http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7...1539--,00.html

    [add on] I just spoke with someone at the Secretary of States Office, and it sounds like it is something like a zoning compliance review depending on local ordinances and is required for every licensed auto dealership within the state of Michigan.
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    This is new news to me.

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    WOW, new news to me too.

    Are they required to send a site plan along with the application?
    Is your community going to charge them to review?
    If they fail to comply will the state not reissue the liscense?

    Very interesting.

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    I just got a call from a local auto dealer saying that every dealer needs to renew their license this fall, and on the form is a review by the local zoning official. Does anyone else know what is going on with this?

    I did find this information.
    http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7...1539--,00.html

    [add on] I just spoke with someone at the Secretary of States Office, and it sounds like it is something like a zoning compliance review depending on local ordinances and is required for every licensed auto dealership within the state of Michigan.
    NH requires that dealers file periodically with the state that they are in compliance with local zoning.
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    Quote Originally posted by PlannerByDay
    WOW, new news to me too.

    Are they required to send a site plan along with the application?
    Is your community going to charge them to review?
    If they fail to comply will the state not reissue the liscense?

    Very interesting.
    That is what I am wondering. I am almost wondering if we are going to do this as a zoning compliance letter, (we charge $50 for them), and it would require a little digging and historical research. As it is we have 4 types of auto dealers here:

    Illegal
    Legally conforming
    Special use in B-2
    Special use in B-3

    Oh and all special uses require planning commission approval. There are also a myriad of requirements for them to be ok. So I am not sure how we are going to go about this one. I am not even sure if we can charge for something like this.

    Quote Originally posted by NHPlanner
    NH requires that dealers file periodically with the state that they are in compliance with local zoning.
    Sounds like this will be every year and for everyone.
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    Indiana requires initial license zoning verification but no periodic updates. We do not charge. A site plan is not required for the state license.
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    That is what I am wondering. I am almost wondering if we are going to do this as a zoning compliance letter, (we charge $50 for them), and it would require a little digging and historical research. As it is we have 4 types of auto dealers here:
    50$ for a zoning compliance letter??? Wow, we need to start charging for those!!!

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    We charge $95 for a Zoning "verification".
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Is this legal? If I were an owner of a car dealership, couldn't I sue on the grounds that the act unfairly burdens this type of use? Why aren't operators of surface parking lots required to have a license and zoning compliance letter? What about auto repair shops with outdoor storage? What is inherent about car dealership operations that they are mandated to comply with local zoning?

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    This is effective 10/1/05. PA 495 of 2004 amends PA 300 of 1949.

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