We believe in the American free market system in which property is privately owned, managed, and operated for profit and individual satisfaction. Any erosion of that right weakens all other rights guaranteed to individuals by the Constitution. We support legislation that would require state and local agencies to evaluate the impact of proposed rules and regulations on private property rights and compensate the landowner for any private property rights taken.
We oppose any legislation that would allow public access to or through private property without permission of the property owner or owner’s authorized agent.
We believe the original description of a parcel should stand and the moving of a boundary through re-measurement shall not automatically be considered conclusive.
We support the development of a process that will provide notification to all adjacent landowners when a new land survey is conducted by a registered surveyor.
We believe the Doctrine of Adverse Possession should continue in property line disputes.
We believe when a non-private easement (with the exception of a maintenance easement) is given, the said easement cannot be sold, traded or otherwise transferred without first consent of the current property owner. This should include all past and future transactions. Michigan law should protect the rights of the property owner.
We call for review of all regulations and enforcement policies that encroach on the rights of property owners, including buildings, planted trees and travel ways placed too close to property lines. The presence of other trespassing does not constitute permission to enter private land.
We support legislation that would deny a claim of prescriptive easement based on intentional recreational trespass.
As population density around farms increases, we support a public awareness campaign utilizing all types of media as a way to encourage better understanding between farmers and nonfarm neighbors.
We believe any action by government that diminishes an owner’s right to use their property, such as the Endangered Species Act or the Natural Rivers Act, constitutes a taking of that owner’s property.
We believe the Natural Rivers Act should be reviewed to ensure the rights of private property owners remain protected. We believe the following areas will not only strengthen private property rights, but create more widespread support and compliance with the provisions of the Act:
Government should provide removal of the species or due process and compensation to the exact degree that an owner’s right to use his or her property has been diminished by government action.
Funding for Michigan Natural Features Inventory should come from the state and not from fees on property owners.