Downtown Development Authority

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was created in coordination with Ada Township, and has the authority and capability to develop, finance, own and operate a variety of public improvements and programs intended to improve and enhance the Village of Ada Township.

The DDA is governed by the DDA Board which is appointed by the Township Supervisor, with approval by the Township Board. A majority of the Board must be property owners or business owners in the DDA district.

For information about the Michigan Downtown Authority Act 197 of 1975, please click here.

DDA Board Members:

  • Ross Leisman, Township Supervisor
  • Walter VanderWulp, Ada Barber Shop
  • Ted Wright, DDA Resident Representative
  • Terry Bowersox, Township Resident
  • Devin Norman, Norman Family Dentistry
  • Bryan Harrison, Amway Corp.
  • Margaret Idema, DDA District Property Owner
  • Justin Knapp, Edward Jones
  • Dawn Marie Coe, DMC Design

Development Area Citizens Council:

  • Tom Bogerd
  • Marcel Burgler
  • Chris Czekai
  • Noelle DiVozzo
  • Joel Harner
  • Margaret Idema
  • Tom Mulligan
  • Zack Schaff
  • Bev Swanson

To apply to be a member of the Citizens Council, please download this application.

Development Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan for the DDA District

In Spring 2009, the Downtown Development Authority Board and the Ada Township Board adopted a “Development Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan” for the DDA District. This plan identifies the public improvement projects which the DDA proposes to undertake in the future, and the means by which those projects could be financed. The primary source of financing proposes for these projects is referred to as "tax increment financing," or "TIF."

Under a TIF Plan, increases in property tax revenue from the incremental increase in taxable value of property within the DDA District that is over and above the 2008 base year taxable value that normally would be collected by other Township funds, including the General Fund, Parks and Recreation Fund, Parks and Land Preservation Fund and Public Safety Fund, is instead collected by the DDA, for a specified number of years, as provided in the Plan. All of these Township funds continue to collect the property tax revenue based on the base year (2008) taxable value.

The TIF Plan anticipates that additional funding sources in addition to TIF revenue, including funding from other governmental agencies, grants and property owner donations, will be needed to complete all of the public improvements identified in the Plan.

Board Minutes

DDA Current Contracts

Jennie Mac Anaspie dba Opt In Marketing, 7500 Treeline Dr, Grand Rapids, MI - Farmer's Market Management Services

Seyferth PR, 40 Monroe Center St, Grand Rapids, MI - Event Management Services

VanVossen Property Services, 7120 Driftwood Dr, Ada, MI - Snow Removal Services