In 2004 the DDA/TIF (Downtown Development Area/Tax Increment Financing) agreement was put into place and Highland’s DDA was created. The DDA  is a designated area that allows a “capture” of tax dollars to finance projects that encourage economic development. The “capture” of DDA tax dollars is the difference between the 2004 “base” value and today’s “taxable” value.  Only the increase - or decrease is “captured” thus encouraging a motivated DDA board.  This does not increase taxes.  In Highland the DDA “captures” Oakland County and OCC tax dollars that would otherwise go into Oakland county and OCC budgets.  The DDA also “captures” from Highland General, Fire, Police and Library tax dollars.

Some projects financed by the DDA include lamp posts, sidewalks, road paving, signage, business, building facade improvements and community events such as concerts and the December tree lighting.

There is not a township wide millage for the DDA.  Millages are taxed over the entire township.  The DDA capture only affects the parcels within the DDA.  DDA boundaries are up & down Milford Road starting at Wardlow to the North and ending just before Rowe to the South. It also includes the Library to Save- A-Lot along M 59 and on Livingston from the railroad tracks to the Fire Hall.

The goal of a DDA is to encourage economic growth in a designated area resulting in increased value  – hopefully affecting surrounding areas too.

Hdda District Map


Who we are & what we do: The Highland Downtown Development Authority (HDDA) is dedicated to the promotion of economic growth and historic preservation in Highland Station and surrounding business districts.


The Highland Township Downtown Development Authority (HDDA) is a public corporate entity dedicated to the revitalization of the Highland Station area and its surrounding commercial and industrial district.

We are committed to building an effective partnership between the Township, private property owners, residents and business owners that will result in a vibrant, unique identity for Highland.

What we see for the future:  Our vision for the Highland Station district is one of a charming modern hamlet where attractive historical homes, vibrant small businesses and healthy lifestyle amenities appeal to people of all ages, returning Highland Station to its place as the center of our community and a destination within the region.  Highland Station will be an active place that promotes health, fitness and an appreciation for the natural environment as well as a center for the expression and enjoyment of the arts and a meeting place for exchange of ideas and information.  Highland Station will be an oasis and sanctuary from the intense automobile-driven development along the M-59 corridor and will exude a tangible feel and flavor that uplifts the body and soul.


Highland was named a Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) community on September 21, 2005.  MSOC is an economic development program, specifically targeted to provide downtown management training and technical assistance to the 30 traditional downtowns in the County. Their mission is "to maximize the economic potential and to preserve the heritage and sense of place of Oakland County's historic commercial districts by encouraging and facilitating the use of the Main Street Four Point Approach which emphasizes economic development within the context of historic preservation." The National Trust Main Street Center offers a comprehensive commercial district revitalization strategy that has been widely successful in towns and cities nationwide.

We believe that the Main Street structure is worth adopting! The structure of the governing board (the HDDA) and four subcommittees not only divides the workload and clearly delineates responsibilities, but also builds consensus and cooperation among the various stakeholders. Coincidentally, the four points of the Main Street approach correspond with the four forces of real estate value, which are social, political, physical, and economic.

The HDDA Board is made up of residents, business owners & operators, township officials and staff.  Our HDDA Board meets once per month, on the third Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

HDDA Board

Rick Hamill (Township Supervisor)
Roscoe Smith – HDDA Chairperson
Michael Zurek – HDDA Vice-Chair
Christina Hamill – Treasurer
Matt Barnes
Cassie Blascyk
Dale Feigley
Jennifer Frederick

Melissa Dashevich – Executive Director
Karen Beardsley – Recording Secretary

To get contact:
Melissa K. Dashevich "Missy"
Highland DDA
205 W. Livingston Road
Highland, MI 48357

248  887 7200

- SEE PAGE 22 & 23

HDDA Board Meeting Schedule

All Meetings are held at 6:15 p.m.


Highland Station House
205 W. Livingston Road, Highland, MI 48357

Meeting Dates

January 18, 2023

February 15, 2023

March 15, 2023

April 19, 2023

May 15, 2023

June 21, 2023

July 19, 2023

August 16, 2023

September 13, 2023

October 18, 2023

November 15, 2023

December  - To be Determined

Meeting Documents

Click on the arrow to find the year's and month's documents.


Retailers Roundtable-February

Ladies Day Out - May

Farmers Market- June thru October

Sidewalk Sales and Sidewalk Chalk Contest- July

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series - July and August

Movies in the Park-POP Grant- August

Enhancement and Maintenance of Landscaping- Adopt a Garden Program

Participate and Promote Small Business Saturday with Oakland County - November

Holiday Ladies Night Out - November

Festival of Trees- Month of December

Tree Lighting and Kris Kringle Market - December

Façade and Signage grants - Year Round

Rental Subsidy Grant

Live Highland Shop Highland Campaign

Research and consider classes for businesses in the the district.

Partner with Oakland County for Business stabilization teams for small businesses.

Create Shopping and Dining Guide

Wayfinding and Signage Program

Lights on Livingston-Placemaking Project

Mural on Train Bridge-Research and Grant Writing

Sculpture Installation at Gateway Park-Grant Writing and Fundraising

Social Media Video Grants






Greetings from Highland Mural

Wayfinding RFP and Research

Volunteer Fair

Milford and Livingston Road Gardens- Adopt a Garden program with local volunteers including, maintenance and planting. We added over 1,500 spring tulips, daffodils and allium bulbs to enjoy each year.

Partnered with the Highland Township Historical Society to create the Historic Marker Streetscape Project.

Highland Farmers' Market

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series (Partnered with the Highland Township Public Library to bring a classical concert to series)

Summer Side Walk Sales and Sidewalk Chalk Contest

Movies in the Park-POP Grant

Partnered with Township regarding the Founders Day Parade & Festival and the Red, White and Blues Festival by marketing and sponsoring activities.

Partnered with Oakland County for Shop Small Saturday, marketing, promoting & participation.

Partnered with Oakland County for Zig Train business training courses.

Spring Ladies Day Out

Holiday Ladies Night Out (Partnered with W.O.T.A. and the H.W.L.B.A)

Holiday Photo Spots around town

Tree Lighting and Kris Kringle Market

Festival of Trees

Holiday Decorating Contest

Social Media Video Grants

Updated HDDA Brochure

Began creation of Shopping and Dining Guide

Façade and Signage Grants

Live Highland Shop Highland Campaign-Added banners to Southside of district.





Continue ongoing projects

Murals and Art Installations

Streetscape Improvements


What does each committee do? Take a look at the annual work plans to find out. Each committee has its own work plan that helps the members stay focused and communicate its activities to the community.  All committees are looking for new members. Below are descriptions of each of the four committees.  If you are interested in this opportunity to participate in the creation of your community, please call the HDDA office at 248.887.7200 or send an email to



This committee clarifies the mission, does strategic planning, defines goals & objectives and manages volunteer force. This Committee meets the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30pm at the Highland Station House, 205 W. Livingston Road.


This committee identifies & defines architectural character, creates design standards and architectural guidelines, supports design, wayfinding & infrastructure improvement programs. Please call if you wish to attend this committee, meeting times vary.  This Committee meets the second Monday of each month at 5:00pm at the Highland Station House 205 W. Livingston Road.


This committee prepares market analyses, manages public relations, creates a visual identity/logo, and builds advertising/media/publicity campaigns. This committee meets the third Thursday of each month at 2:45 p.m. at the Highland Township Offices (205 N. John Street).

Economic Restructuring

This committee works to create a broad mix of retail, service and housing, strives for healthy competition among businesses, recruits businesses, identifies opportunities for rehabilitation and/or development. This committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Highland Station House (205 W. Livingston).