Board of Directors

The DDA is governed by an 11 member board of directors and is chaired by Shawn Riley. A majority of the members must be persons having an interest in property located in the downtown district. One member must be a resident of the district. The 11 member board is appointed by the mayor for staggered four year terms, and is currently made up of the following members:

  • E. Shawn Riley - Realtor and Northville Resident
  • Greg Presley - Downtown business owner and Northville resident
  • Brian Turnbull - Mayor of Northville, and Northville resident
  • Margene Buckhave - Downtown property owner, business owner Northville resident, and developer
  • Jim Long - Downtown property owner, developer and business owner, Northville resident
  • David Cole - Northville resident and downtown business owner
  • Steven Huprich - Northville resident and business owner
  • Mike Jaafar - Downtown business owner and Northville Resident
  • Aaron Cozart -Northville resident and developer
  • DJ Boyd - Northville resident and Financial Planner
  • Ryan McKindles - Northville resident and Attorney

The DDA Board of Directors meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the meeting room on the lower level of City Hall, 215 West Main Street. DDA Board meetings begin at 8:00am and are open to the public. If you would like to be on the agenda for a specific topic, please contact the DDA office.

DDA Officers - 2023

  • Chair - Shawn Riley
  • Vice Chair - DJ Boyd
  • Treasurer - Ryan McKindles
  • Secretary - Jessica Howlin

DDA Boundaries

The DDA boundaries have been amended several times over the years and encompass much of the central business district. The current boundaries are Dunlap Street to the north, Cady Street to the south, Wing Street to the west, and Griswold Road to the east.  View the DDA Map above under documents.

DDA Goals and Objectives

The DDA's Goals and Objectives for the current year can be reviewed above under documents.



The DDA currently uses several sources of revenue to fund its programs and projects. These include Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and a 2-mill property tax on all property within the district.

The DDA’s annual budget is approved by City Council.


The purpose of the DDA is to enhance the quality of life for the residents of the greater Northville area through economic and physical revitalization of the downtown business district. The DDA coordinates and supports activities to promote the economic viability of the downtown area.

It also acts as an advocate for a safe, clean and attractive central business district. A strong downtown center is a major attraction for development and enhances the quality of the life for the entire community.

As part of its mission, the DDA works to promote economic growth by combining public and private resources help drive development and position Northville and its downtown for success.

History of the DDA

The Northville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was established by City ordinance in August 1978 under Michigan Public Act 197.

The Authority was established to give the City of Northville tools to assist in the redevelopment of the downtown area.

Under Public Act 197, a DDA is permitted to perform activities such as analysis of economic changes taking place in the downtown district; long range planning for the downtown area; land acquisition and improvement; building construction, improvement, rehabilitation, maintenance and operation; and construction and maintenance of public facilities such as sidewalks, parking lots, streets, street lighting, community centers, and parks.