Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
The State Boundary Commission (SBC) is responsible for administering the State Boundary Commission Act, 1968 PA 191 and portions of the Home Rule City Act, 1909 PA 279, and the Home Rule Village Act, 1909 PA 278.
By submitting a petition, it is understood all other methods to adjust the municipal boundary have failed. It is assumed a mutual agreement or an Act 425 Conditional Transfer Agreement have been discussed to no final conclusion. It is also understood the proposed boundary adjustment already abuts the city/village non-conditional limit.
The petition process consists of three (3) separate meetings of the SBC.
SBC relies on the clerks of the city, township and village, as appropriate, and the petitioner to provide information that is required to comply with the State Boundary Commission Act, 1968 PA 191, and to make necessary arrangements for the Public Hearing. Specific needs include:
Before the Legal Sufficiency Meeting,
If found to be legally sufficient, and before the Public Hearing,
After the Public Hearing and before the Recommendation Meeting,
Public hearing comments will be provided to the appropriate clerks or their legal representatives. A municipality, petitioner, or their legal counsel will be allowed to submit one (1) written rebuttable after receipt of the comments. Final rebuttals, if any, must be received 10 days after delivery of the public hearing comments. The packet for the Recommendation Meeting will be sent to all applicable parties at least 10 days prior to the meeting.
Since SBC staff cannot provide legal advice, all parties are encouraged to consider consultation with legal counsel on questions of law. A municipality, petitioner, or their legal counsel may be asked by the SBC Chair for a specific perspective to help clarify issues within the commissioners' minds. Keep in mind, however, that the proceedings are fact-finding in nature.
How to Submit
Questions should be directed to the Office of Land Survey and Remonumentation at 517-241-6321.