Downtown Development Authority

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) acts in accordance with Public Act 197 of 1975, as amended, including, but not limited to: correct and prevent deterioration in the downtown development district, encourage historic preservation, create and implement development plans, and promote economic growth.

The Downtown Development Authority is the governing body of the City of Gaylord’s Downtown District, and as such shall have the power to authorize the levy and collection of taxes, the acquisition, rehabilitation, maintenance, and disposal of interest in real and personal property, the creation and implement of development plans in the District, the promotion of economic growth, the issuance of bonds and other evidences of indebtedness, and the use of tax increment financing, and other such powers as provided under Public Act 197. The DDA meets the first Tuesday of every month in the City Council Chambers at 8am unless otherwise specified on the meeting schedule.

Tax Increment Financing & Development Plan, Gaylord Downtown Development Authority

The need for expanding the city’s ability to undertake public improvements that strengthen the downtown area is evidenced by the lack of growth in property values and the limited private investment that has occurred. It is the purpose of this Development and Tax Increment Financing Plan to establish the legal basis and procedure for the use of tax increment revenues in accordance with Public Act 197 of 1975.

As a guide in the identification of public improvements that would stimulate private investments, the Downtown Development Authority outlined its vision for Gaylord in the future and established goals that would assist in reaching that future.

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Meeting Locations: Gaylord City Hall, 305 E. Main Street, Gaylord, Michigan 49735

Want outdoor seating at your establishment this spring/summer?

Fill out the application below and make sure to bring the $100 application fee and copies of all the plans, licenses, insurance, and photographs requested to City Hall for staff to review. Make sure to review your plan, the application, and the Sidewalk Seating Ordinance to ensure full compliance and make the process as smooth as possible!

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