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What is the difference between a SUP, CUP, and SLUP?

Nomenclature. A SUP is a “Special Use Permit.” A CUP is a “Conditional Use Permit.” A SLUP is a “Special Land Use Permit.” Each name captures the same idea. These various “extra” land uses are authorized in the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, MCL 125.3502(1), however, there is no explicit definition or requirement to use a particular term in the local zoning ordinance. Whatever term is utilized in the zoning ordinance, it reflects the considered judgment of the community (based on the master plan) that some land uses may have more intensive or negative impacts on surrounding properties requiring a heightened level of review and control to ensure that the land use is appropriate to that specific location and any negative impacts can be reduced or mitigated.

 

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