The new measure gives dune property owners more power, but allows residents to request a public hearing.
LANSING, Mich. (WZZM)-A measure meant to curb lawsuits over Lake Michigan dune land is now law.
Tuesday, Governor Snyder signed a bill clarifying criteria for landowners building on privately owned lakeshore dunes, like in Saugatuck. The measure gives property owners more power to construct driveways and in some cases, build on dune land facing the lake. But those impacted by the development can request a public hearing.
Of the 275,000 acres of Michigan dunes, only one-third are privately owned.