Development Authority of Senoia holds first meeting

by Sarah Fay Campbell


Attending the first meeting of the Development authority of the City of Senoia are, clockwise from left, robert belisle, bill Wood, Jim Schuyler, attorney Drew Whalen, harry ramos, Doug Kolbenschlag and matt bennett. 

The new Development Authority of the City of Senoia had its first meeting Monday.

The seven-member authority will have wide powers relating to economic development, including doing bond financing and even building projects. The authority has the ability to own property or lease property.

The powers are “pretty broad,” said Drew Whalen, city attorney for Senoia.

The authority could also do joint projects with other entities, such as the Coweta County Development Authority.

“We’re not competing against them,” authority member, and former mayor, Robert Belisle said of the Coweta County Development Authority and Development Authority of Coweta County.

“I would look at it as another set of eyes on the subject,” said Whalen.

“Another tool in the box,” said Belisle.

Senoia has had the Downtown Development Authority for years, but the two are quite different. The DDA is limited to a specific downtown area.

“Their focus is a little bit different than yours. Yours is a much broader scope,” said Whalen. “A DDA can get into the area of housing, which you can as well,” he said. But “outside of that, there is not much overlap.”

The DDA doesn’t have “clear industrial powers,” he said.

The authority will start off having quarterly meetings. Called meetings can be held anytime there is a need for them.

The meetings will be held the fourth Monday of January, April, July and October, at 5 p.m. in the municipal courtroom.

The authority members are Belisle, Bill Wood, Harry Ramos, Matt Bennett, Doug Kolbenschlag, Tammie Adams and Jim Schuyler.

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