Farmland and Open Space Preservation Act
Public Act 116, 1974
- To slow the conversion of farmland to non-farm use
- Provide property tax relief to farmland owners because farmers decided that high property taxes were forcing them to sell their land for development
Payments from the State are made in exchange for development rights in the amount of property taxes that exceeded 7 percent of household income.
- Text of the Law
- Twenty Four Years of Farmland Preservation in Michigan, PA116, Dr. Kurt J. Norgaard – www.msue.msu.edu/-pa116/index.htm
Michigan’s Right to Farm Act
The Michigan Right to Farm Act, P.A. 93, was enacted to provide farmers with protection from nuisance lawsuits. Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices, for site selection and odor control for new and expanding livestock production facilities, were added in 2000.
- Right to Farm Act
- Right to Farm Act Presentation Outline
Land Division Act
Subdivision Control Act of 1967
Land Division Act
Public Act 288, 1967
On January 13, 1996, Governor Engler signed into law P.A. 591 of 1996 thus replacing the Subdivision control Act with the Land Division Act and changing the rules on how land is divided in Michigan effective March 31, 1997. To add to the confusion, 1997 P.A. 87, effective July 28, 1997, amended the recently created Land Division Act.
For more information:
- Land Division Act Text
- The Land Division Amendments to the Subdivision Control Act 1996 P.A. 591 Paper
- Land Division Amendments Presentation Outline
Information on County/Township/City and Village Regulations
Refer to Local Government Section of web site and search for your township, city or village for specific information.
Montcalm County Building Department (989) 831-7394
Montcalm County Clerks Office (989) 831-7339