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Robinson Township v. Knoll

Michigan Supreme Court
302 N.W.2d 146 (Mich. 1981)


Donald and Merle Knoll (defendants) placed a mobile home on their property, which is located within Robinson Township (plaintiff). The township has an ordinance providing that mobile homes are permitted only in mobile home parks. The Knolls’ land is not approved as a mobile home park, although there is no reason why it could not be approved as one. The township brought suit against the Knolls, seeking an injunction requiring them to remove the mobile home. It claimed that the Knolls had violated the ordinance, that they had not sought the necessary building permits before establishing their mobile home, and that their mobile home was a nuisance. The Knolls in turn argued that the ordinance was unconstitutional because it arbitrarily and capriciously prohibited a proper use of land, and because it was overbroad. The trial court ruled against the Knolls which was reversed on appeal on constitutional grounds. The township appealed to the state supreme court.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Levin, J.)

Dissent (Coleman, C.J.)

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