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I received a phone call from our neighborhood association today saying that there will be a public meeting about a piece of (not your) land for sale in our neighborhood. The "owner" (actually it's part of a large national farm that wants to "sell" the land to the public. I think they are referring to a university that owns the land for ecological research. According to the brochure they've already planted trees, etc. I don't think this is the spot for the sort of project they are advertising. I'm not sure where this project would go, if not here. I don't want to cause any sort of headaches for them. I don't know enough about how this type of project is presented to others to know what to think. Has anybody else heard of this, or similar things that are being done, or presented as something that should be "discussed"?
They may not intend to do anything with their large tract of land in SW Michigan, but I don't think that means that someone like them couldn't find a way to use their land for something that is very beneficial to the community.
I think most, if not all, large farms are public owned. So I don't think there's anything wrong with people approaching these farms with ideas.
Many, if not all, public lands are open to the public, not just by land deed, but also by special rules, like "NIMBY" laws. There are "Public Monuments" where the public is encouraged to attend certain events and learn more about the sites, and then ask questions to the hosts.
By many definitions (tourist attractions come to mind) places like this are public lands.
If anyone's concerned about something being done with the land, it would be a good idea to inquire of the folks in the land's immediate vicinity. A lot of times, someone in the county planning office, or the zoning and planning department, or a local business that does site work, will know about any planned development that's on the way.
Another thing that might work would be to offer your services to the owner as an onsite assessor, to make sure nothing nefarious is going on. You could let them know that you're there, maybe have them draw up a plan, or something, so they're aware that you're watching out for them.
I wouldn't call it a meeting - that implies a lot more than what you're talking about. I'd simply call it a town hall, or community open house.
...The "owner" (actually it's part of a large national farm that wants to "sell" the land to the public. I think they are referring to a university that owns the land for ecological research....
By that definition the ownership of the land is in the hands of the public. Private land ownership in most parts of Michigan is very much an anachronism.
I don't think this is the spot for the sort of project they are advertising. I don't want to cause any sort of headaches for them. I don't know enough about how this type of project is presented to others to know what to think. Has anybody else heard of this, or similar things that are being done, or presented as something that should be "discussed"?
Best bet would be to talk to the realtor that sold them the property and see what she says. And if there are any legal issues, you could file a lis pendens on the property for a few months to see if that will prevent the sale of the land.
In Michigan if a seller has more than one parcel (or lots) on the land, the seller can sell all of the parcels in a single sale. When the buyer/seller purchase the land they have a form contract to sign that stipulates what happens if a parcel sells before the buyer/seller is done with the whole land purchase.
In this case the seller is selling "all of the property" so the contract would be the standard contract that defines the rights of the buyer/seller in regard to the land. I doubt this is an issue if the land is only part of a larger tract of land that is owned by the public, it's just very unusual to sell a portion of one's land to private parties.
Thanks, this helps. Is there any way for the owner to get the public to focus on what they are doing? I'd feel more comfortable with it if I felt it was being discussed by the public. I wouldn't feel comfortable with it if it was being discussed by other people in the community. But no one else seems to be aware of it.
I'm really not quite sure why that specific project is concerning to you, unless you personally know the farmer or plan to go out to visit the property for some reason.
I did not realize this was for sale and what it was supposed to be for. The neighbor mentioned the university specifically and I assume the farmer thought it was being sold to the public so it didn't really occur to him that they were going to lease it to the public. The neighbor mentioned in passing that they would probably plant trees but that was the extent of the conversation. I just didn't think of it as being a public site. I guess it doesn't matter anyway. The land is in the country so there's no zoning. It's not even an industrial area. So the land won't be destroyed. My understanding is that the landowners get a revenue from the school. I don't think anyone really has any