The Downtown Development Commission (DDC) was initiated by Mayor Elizabeth Baumgartner and the Borough Council in October 1981, following a study by Projects for Public Space, funded through a Dodge Foundation Grant.
The purposes of the Commission as defined in the Borough Code Section 15-1 include:
To study the future of the downtown district in regard to its economic growth and development
To develop plans for the redevelopment of the downtown district
To advise the downtown community on improvements requiring private sector action
To advise the Mayor and Council on improvements requiring local government action
To coordinate redevelopment activities in the downtown district and foster a closer working relationship between all segments of the Madison community
To analyze and plan for the impact on the downtown district of development in other areas of the Borough
In addition, the group works closely with the Chamber of Commerce, Historic Preservation Commission, Madison Arts and Culture Alliance, and other groups to enhance the beauty and ambiance of Madison’s shopping areas.
Membership: Public Officials: 2 regular members, Mayor and a Council Liaison, as appointed and approved by the Borough Council
Madison Resident: 1 regular member
Senior Citizen Advisory Committee: 1 regular member
Merchant, Commercial Property Landlord and/or Business Owner: 4 regular members
Organizational Representatives: 6 regular members to include Chamber of Commerce (1 representative), Higher Education (1 representative), Nonprofit (1 representative), Giralda Farms (1 representative), Board of Education (1 representative), Planning Board (1 representative)
At-Large Commissioners: 4 regular members
Media: 1 advisor
Ex-Officio Member: 1 advisor
The Mayor, Council Liaison, and all regular members of the Commission, except the ex-officio member shall exercise voting power. In total, there are 18 members with voting power. The advisory member may participate in discussions but may not vote except in the absence of or disqualification of a regular member
Term of Office
Regular and the advisory member shall serve for terms of 3 years with no member serving more than 3 consecutive terms. The term of any public official, including Planning Board and Board of Education commissioners, shall not extend beyond the current term of public office.