Michigan is a national leader for our specialty crop industry, including fruits and vegetables. Being a seasonal industry, specialty crops require a lot of seasonal help. To remain competitive in seeking workers, many farmers provide housing for seasonal help. Employer-assisted housing is also provided in some full-time positions such as dairy, processing and farm managers.
Many farmers and agri-businesses who have plans to construct or assist employees with housing, run into road blocks with township zoning issues. Many township ordinances severely restrict or prohibit farm-labor housing and some concerns exist that these regulations are violations of the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act, Federal Civil Rights Act and Fair Housing Act.
From time to time, when townships have passed discriminatory practices, the state legislature modifies local governments’ authority to regulate certain uses: manufactured homes, agriculture, foster care homes, group homes, day cares, public schools, wetlands, gun clubs, etc.
Contact: Craig Anderson | 517-679-5350 or Matt Kapp | 517-679-5338
MFB #51 Labor Housing Zoning
MFB #65 Local Government
MFB #79 Land Use