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:

  • George Haga, Township Supervisor
  • Walter VanderWulp, Ada Barber Shop
  • Ted Wright, DDA Resident Representative
  • Terry Bowersox, DDA Resident Representative
  • Devin Norman, Norman Family Dentistry
  • Bryan Harrison, Amway Corp.
  • Margaret Idema, DDA District Property Owner
  • Justin Knapp, Edward Jones


To apply for a DDA Board position, please download this application.

Development Area Citizens Council:

  • Tom Bogerd
  • Chris Czekai
  • Noelle DiVozzo
  • Amisha Groce
  • Joel Harner
  • Margaret Idema
  • Brandon Stewart
  • Bev Swanson


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.