Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

The Sparta DDA is dedicated to commercial district revitalization and improving the economic viability, beauty and historic significance of the DDA District.

DDA Public Meeting Notice

Sparta Downtown Development Authority

The Sparta Downtown Development Authority will hold a public informational meeting on Tuesday, August 13 at 7:45 am in the Sparta Township Meeting Room located at 160 E. Division, Sparta, MI 49345 to communicate with the public of the goals and direction of the authority and will discuss the projects to be undertaken in the coming year. There may be a quorum present, but no items will be voted on at this meeting. This meeting is to adhere to the PA 57 Informationals Meetings requirement.

This notice is posted in compliance with the requirements of the Open Meeting Act, Act 267 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1976, as amended and Act PA 57. Questions or written comments may be directed to the DDA Director, Elizabeth Morse, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Morse

What is the DDA District?

The DDA District is a group of parcels that are connected by a right-of-way. The DDA District Map (download below) shows ho specific commercial parcels were included in the DDA District for development and improvement projects throughout the commercial districts in the Village.

Although commercial properties now exist outside the DDA District, they are not part of the DDA District. Most commercial properties outside the DDA are new growth and developments that have occurred after the formation of the DDA District .

The Village of Sparta Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was established by Village ordinance in 1992 under Michigan Public Act 197.

How is the DDA Funded?

The DDA district is funded by Tax Increment Financing. Properties that are within the DDA District and have increased in property value since the creation of the district are collected by the Downtown Development Authority.

Those incremental tax dollars from the increased property values are re-invested in downtown to stimulate growth and higher property values in other parcels. The property values from each property when the district was created still are collected by the funding authorities.

DDA board members volunteer their time to make educated decisions as stewards of the DDA District TIF dollars. DDA Board members are appointed to their positions by the Village President and approved by Village Council. Each DDA Board member must have a vested interest in the DDA District or a vested interest in the Sparta Area.

DDA Board and Meeting Information

DDA Board Members
Kristi Dougan (Village President)
Kirk Jacobsen
Ferd Benham
Tom Cheslek
Kelly Potes
Mike Lamb
Phil Potter
Chuck Brown
George Freeland
Robert Shangle
Rex Baker

The Village of Sparta DDA regularly meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:45 a.m. in the meeting room of Sparta Township Hall, located at 160 E. Division. The public is encouraged to attend.

Board Meeting Minutes
Downtown Development Authority

Tax Increment Financing Act-Act 57 of 2018 Reporting

2019 Annual Budget
2017 Annual Audit
Sparta Downtown Development & TIF Plan

Facade Grant Information

The Sparta DDA created the Downtown Reinvestment Grant Program to encourage private investment in the business district. If you are interested in applying for a grant for work to be done to your building located in the DDA district please click the link below for the program information. 

Downtown Development Authority Contact Information

Downtown Development Authority Director: Elizabeth Morse

156 E. Division St.
Sparta, MI 49345

Phone:(616) 887-2454
Fax:(616) 887-1114
Email: Elizabeth Morse