Attorney Discusses Drone Use in Community Associations

Kevin Hirzel_8x10@300Kevin Hirzel, a partner in our Livonia and Clinton Township offices, was interviewed for the September/October Common Ground magazine article “Identified Flying Objects.” The article outlines unmanned aircraft systems- more commonly known as drones- and whether communities can or should restrict their use.

In the article, Mr. Hirzel explains that the communities he represents have taken a range of stances on the use of drones, including some communities wanting to outright ban their use, while others desire to take a more moderate approach. Instead of making a firm decision today, Mr. Hirzel recommends communities amend their bylaws to include broad language about drones that allows for some flexibility to adopt rules and regulations in the future. Moreover, federal, state, and local governments may enact laws in the coming years regarding drone use. In addition to drones, Mr. Hirzel advises clients to be prepared to handle other technological advances that may impact community associations as well.

Kevin Hirzel is a partner and practices out of both our Clinton Township and Livonia office locations. He concentrates his practice on commercial litigation, community association, condominium law, construction law and real estate law. He may be reached at (734) 261-2400 or

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