About Us

The Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority (Lake Orion DDA) was established in 1985 under PA 197 of 1975, now PA 57 of 2018, as amended, to revitalize the Village of Lake Orion downtown district. We became a Main Street America Accredited Community in 2006. 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.

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 March 2021)

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 lakeshore 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. 

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 March 2021)

Image courtesy of Jason Ford

Get the Facts

Lake Orion stands to lose a half million dollars annually

 

Will your taxes go down?

No!

Does the community stand to lose money?

YES!

If the Village of Lake Orion decides to “defund” the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Taxes currently received and reinvested in the village will instead be disbursed to:

  • Oakland Community College ($54,596)
  • Oakland County ($158,915)
  • Metro Parks ($7,575)
  • Orion Township ($191,612)

In short, either the DDA collects it and reinvests in the community or it is lost to the Village forever! This information is from Oakland County’s Point of Beginning report for fiscal year 2022-2023.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT

The DDA works on behalf of businesses AND residents! Here are some of the projects:

  • New downtown streets, sidewalks, and parking spaces ($1.6M)
  • Paint Creek Trail Trailhead ($269k)
  • Business incubator project (now Fork N Pint) ($355k)
  • Directional, monument, and park signs ($194k)
  • Children’s Park playground equipment ($78k)
  • COVID-19 support to businesses ($350k)
  • First responder boat dock ($25k)
  • Seasonal Flowers and holiday lights ($12k annually)
  • Social District (1st in SE Michigan) ($10k)
  • Annual funding for police, public works and administrative services ($234k annually)

Lake Orion Is A Main Street America Accredited Program

What other benefits does Lake Orion stand to lose?

As a Main Street America accredited program, Lake Orion benefits from:

    • Over $80k annually Main Street services from county, state, and national resources
    • Over $50k annually in local, county, state and national recognition
    • $100k small business grants, scholarships and programs
    • $250k development liquor licenses for downtown restaurants

Downtown Management continues

    • Enhanced pedestrian safety – lighting and sidewalks
    • Additional parking
    • Downtown dumpsters
    • More park and event space

Award Winning Community

Lake Orion has received numerous awards for our work in revitalizing and improving our community’s downtown.
These awards include:

Sustainable Mainstreet – 2023
Campaign for Main Street – (#StrongerTogether Orion & Oxford) 2022
Main Street Leader – Ken VanPortfliet 2022
Spirit of Main Street – 2019
Out in the Open – Flint Street Alleyway 2019 
Spirit of Main Street – 2017

Let’s Work Together

The Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority partners with other local organizations for the benefit of businesses, customers, and residents

Enter the Dragon Mural

In partnership with Orion Art Center, Detroit Institute of Art, Property owners Jeff Schmitz and Dia Zaraga

#StrongerTogether Downtown Trolley Express

In partnership with Oxford DDA, LIV, Yatooma Family

Children’s Playscape Renovations

In partnership with Friends of Village Parks, T-Mobile

‘A Moment in Time’ History signs and videos

In partnership with Orion Historical Society, TimeShift America

Downtown Scavenger Hunt App

In partnership with Main Street Oakland County, Flagstar Bank

PA 57 of 2018 Reporting Requirements

How are we governed?

Under PA 57, each municipality that has a tax incremented authority as described in the bill must create a website, or use an existing municipality website, that is operated and regularly maintained with access to authority records and documents for the fiscal year beginning on the effective date of the bill.  The new general reporting requirements take effect 180 days after the end of an authority’s current fiscal year as of January 1, 2019.  For Lake Orion, this is the July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 fiscal year. Visit the Village of Lake Orion website for complete Financial Reports and Information

DDA Board Minutes

DDA Board Minutes
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Unless otherwise noted, the DDA Board of Directors meet every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30PM EST in the Village of Lake Orion Council Chambers. Click any of the links below to view Meeting notices, minutes, agendas, and the monthly calendar.

Go to Meetings tab, use drop down menu to access ‘Downtown Development Authority’

Annual Budgets & Audits

TIF & Development Plan

Currently adopted development plan and tax increment finance plan, adopted January 2020. Please clink links below to view documents

TIF & Development Plan

Development Map

Authority Staff Information

DDA Staff Page

Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority
Address: 118 N. Broadway
Lake Orion, MI 48362
Phone Number: 248-693-9742

Informational Meetings

The following is provided in the report from each year’s annual informational meetings:

  • Contracts and a description of those contracts and other documents related to authority management and services provided to the authority.
  • A list of authority accomplishments, including progress on development plan and tax increment plan goals and objectives for the immediately preceding fiscal year.
  • A list of authority projects and investments, including active and completed projects for the immediately preceding fiscal year.
  • A list of authority events and promotional campaigns for the immediately preceding fiscal year

Informational Meetings Annual Reports
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2019
2020
2021
2022
2023

Public Acts

Please clink links below to view documents.

PA 57 of 2018 – Downtown Development Authority
PA 267 of 1976 – Open Meetings Act
PA 442 of 1976 – Freedom of Information Act

Lake Orion Laws

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Lake Orion Charter
Lake Orion DDA By-Laws

Funding the DDA

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.

LO Updates

 

Stay up to date on the latest news and happenings in downtown Lake Orion

Meeting Minutes

Unless otherwise noted, the DDA Board of Directors meet every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30PM EST in the Village of Lake OrionC Council Chambers. Click any of the links below to view Meeting notices, minutes, agendas, and the monthly calendar.