EDC recommends boundaries for proposed Downtown Development District

FLINT TWP. – Hoping to meet an early 2018 deadline to expedite matters, the Economic Development Corp. has recommended boundaries for the township’s proposed Downtown Development District (DDA) and two Corridor Improvement Associations (CIA).

A DDA is required to have contiguous boundaries so the two CIA’s are being proposed to extend economic development funding to other commercial areas in the township, said Doug Piggott Planner at Rowe Professional Services in Flint, who was hired by the township to assist with establishing the DDA.

Piggott worked with Tracey Tucker, township economic enhancement director to establish the DDA boundaries – an important first step because once it is approved it cannot be added to.

“Essentially, we wanted to be inclusive as possible at this point in the process,” Piggott said. The recommended boundaries were set to go before the township board at its November 20 meeting. If approved, the township board will set a public hearing for the district and proposed ordinances. Notices will be sent to all affected property owners.

The DDA boundaries comprise most of the central commercial area along Miller and Linden Roads, then roughly east to Ballenger Highway, south to Bristol Road, north to Corunna Road and west to Dye Road. The CIAs would be set up in commercial areas near Fenton, Van Slyke roads an Holiday Drive and on Beecher Road roughly near Graham Road.

“You can only have one DDA but can have multiple CIAs,” Piggott said.

Tucker noted that the proposed boundaries are a starting point to get the ball rolling. If all reequipments for forming a DDA can be met by early spring, its base date will be December 31 of 2016 instead 2017, which would allow for capture of increased tax values to start sooner.

EDC member, Lawrence Ratliff, asked about tax implications for residential areas, notable Miller Road Farms and Linden Lane, which lie in the DDA boundaries.

Piggott said the DDA boundaries were drawn around residential areas, including those, as much as possible, mainly to avoid having to create a Citizens Council that is required if more than 100 homes are impacted.

In addition to public hearings and notices. the expedited timeline includes 60 days – two months- to allow opt-out time for affected taxing entities such as Genesee County. If all goes according to plan, the township board will be working within that timeline to identify members for the three new boards and also to begin to establish project ideas.

A DDA can have nine members and a CIA requires five, Pigott said.

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