Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) serves as a mechanism to promote economic growth in the City of Williamston's downtown district. The DDA plans, proposes and implements improvements to individual buildings and public facilities in the downtown district. The DDA also creates, operates and funds marketing initiatives that benefit retail and other business establishments in the downtown district.

Eight authority members are appointed for 4-year terms by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council. The Mayor serves as an ex-officio member on a year-to-year basis. Not less than five members shall be persons having an interest in property located in the downtown district; not less than one member shall be a resident of the downtown district.

Board Members
Name Term Expiration 
Emily Sutton-SmithChair 06/30/2024
Brooke Donnelly-Grzelak, Vice Chair  06/30/2026
Leigh Baumgras  06/30/2027 
Lorie Droscha 06/30/2025
Vacancy 06/30/2023
Wendy Carroll-Parry 06/30/2025
Tammy Gilroy, Council Rep 11/30/2023
Jessica Modert 06/30/2024
Narda Murphy  06/30/2027
Brandon Lanyon, Council Alternate  11/30/2023

Williamston Downtown Historic District Informational Session
Sponsored by the Williamston Downtown Development Authority and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network


Meeting Dates 2023
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month,
at 7 pm, 
unless otherwise stated 


January 17, 2023              July 18, 2023
February 21, 2023   August 15, 2023
March 21, 2023     September 19, 2023
April 18, 2023   October 17, 2023
May 16, 2023   November 21, 2023
June 20, 2023   December 19, 2023


Financial Information:
Financial information, budget, audit information is all available on the City Treasurer's page.  Click here for link.

Updated Synopsis of Activities:

DDA Annual Report and Synopsis

Current Contracts:
Gormley & Johnson Law Offices, PLC – Provision of legal services to the authority


DDA Development Plans (click on year for links):
2009 Restated Development Plan
2012 Plan
2018 Plan
2021 Plan

•DDA Facade Improvement Program Procedures and Fillable Application

•DDA Sponsorship Request Application

•DDA Bylaws

Authority Staff:
John Hanifan, City Manager & DDA Director
161 E. Grand River Ave.
Williamston, MI  48895




Contact City Hall for commercial opportunities.

City Hall

161 E. Grand River Ave.  
Williamston, MI 48895
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 am - 5 pm 
517-655-2774; Fax-517-655-2797

Police Department
175 E Grand River Ave.  
Williamston, MI  48895 
517-655-4222; Fax-517-655-6498

Department of Public Works
781 Progress Ct.
Williamston, MI  48895
517-655-2221; Fax 517-996-6299
Office Hours Vary, call City Hall for assistance, 517-655-2774

Assessing Department
Click here for Assessing Page

Building Department
Livingston County Building Department
2300 E Grand River Ave
Howell, MI 48843
Mon–Fri, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: 517-546-3240
Fax: 517-546-7461
Inspection Request Line:  517-546-3830
General Dept. Email:
CLICK HERE for Inspection
     Scheduling Instructions