The Charlie Curtis Wetland Dispute
About this video: In this Property Rights Network video, the third in a series, Charlie Curtis of Lakeview, Mich., contends he is being unfairly prohibited from developing a 1.1 acre parcel of commercially zoned property he owns due to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality continually raising the ante on its requirements. The expenses incurred by bringing the property into compliance with requirements put forth by the DEQ could quite possibly exceed what Curtis paid for the property or what he could reasonably expect to sell it for whether it’s developed or not.
Curtis asserts that the wetland designation for the property is incorrect, and that he is being unfairly prohibited from using his land and recognizing its full value by what amounts to a regulatory taking. As a result, he believes his property has no value and that he is left only with the option to sign over the deed to his property to the State of Michigan. The video is 10 minutes and 39 seconds.