|Case Forum:||Michigan Supreme Court|
|Keywords:||Home Rule Cities Act (HRCA), City and Village Zoning Act (CVZA), off-premises advertising billboards, zoning ordinance|
Gerald A. Fisher | Thomas R. Schultz | Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton Truex and Morley | 30903 Northwestern Highway | Farmington Hills MI 48333-3040 | 248-851-9500
Michigan Townships Association
The Court of Appeals’ opinion reaches the unremarkable conclusion that local governments may adopt and enforce ordinances regulating off-premises advertising billboards for purposes that are largely, though not entirely, aesthetic. The U.S. Supreme Court had already reached that conclusion as a matter of First Amendment law in Metromedia. Adams asked the Court of Appeals, and now it asks this Court, to find that certain state laws preclude the exercise of such authority despite the lack of constitutional implications. Adams’ arguments reflect a misunderstanding of the scope of Michigan’s exclusionary zoning statute and ignore the broad authority of local governments to legislate in the public interest.
Michigan Supreme Court:
|MSC requested LDF amicus brief?||No|