What is the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority?

The Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was established in 1985 under PA 197 of 1975, as amended, to revitalize the downtown district.

The DDA utilizes the Main Street  Approach, a set of guiding principles for downtown management set forth by the National Main Street Center.   Downtown Lake Orion is a part of Main Street Oakland County, the only county-wide Main Street program in the country.

How are we governed?

The Lake Orion DDA is governed by the following:

Lake Orion Charter
Lake Orion DDA By-Laws
PA 197 of 1975 – Downtown Development Authority
PA 267 of 1976 – Open Meetings Act
PA 442 of 1976 – Freedom of Information Act



How is the DDA funded?

The DDA is funded through Tax-Increment Financing (TIF).  This means that taxes paid within the DDA District are reinvested within the district.  The DDA is not an additional tax but a capture of the increase in property value since the TIF was established.

Our Mission

The mission of the Lake Orion DDA is to enhance the economic potential and preserve the historical character of the Lake Orion DDA District, the heart and hub of the Orion Community, through promotional activities and an organizational structure that focuses on community involvement with local businesses, residents, and other stakeholders.  (Adopted March 2, 2010, reviewed July 2016.)


Over the next ten years, Downtown Lake Orion, Michigan will be the heart and hub of the greater Orion community.  There is a direct connection between the Paint Creek Trail which traverses throughout the community, and the historic downtown.  The trail connects both Lake Orion and the downtown, so runners, walkers and bikers can use our trails and lake shore for recreational uses and our downtown for choice shopping, dining and live entertainment at many different price points. Our walkable community shall be accessible to all with many barrier-free amenities.  In the summer months, our Flower Fair and our outdoor Gazebo Concert Series will continue to bring thousands of people into town during the evening when all of our restaurants and shops are open.  The Lake Orion DDA shall host several family friendly signature special events each year that bring our residents, as well as, people from around the state to share our lake and downtown district.  The Lake Orion DDA shows a commitment to fostering arts in our community with a strong partnership with the Orion Art Center. Our downtown caters to the larger Orion community with many destination businesses that continue to be a mix of local entrepreneurs, franchises and national retailers.  The DDA markets our downtown through many different media channels and actively seek new retailers or tenants when the rare vacancy occurs.  Our DDA will promote an increasingly dense group of mixed uses along M24 and in the downtown, where new condos and apartments can exist side by side in our wonderfully restored residential and commercial buildings.  (Adopted March 2, 2010, revised March 8, 2011, reviewed July 2016)