Boards and Committees

Newaygo City Council

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Planning Commission

The City of Newaygo Planning Commission meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. The Planning Commission oversees many changes happening within the City limits such as, but not limited to, zoning, new buildings/development, the start of a child care facility, in-home occupations, and new rental units.

Planning Commission Members:
Dave Chambers, Chairman
Travis Kroll, Vice-Chair
Mike Hikade
Art Westcott
Wayne Fetterley
Sandy Williams
Ron Wight
Krista Looman
Robbin Faulkner

Principal Shopping District (PSD)

The intent of the Principal Shopping District (PSD) is to retain and create a vibrant, attractive and cohesive center for the City of Newaygo with a variety of quality places to work, live, shop, learn, recreate, and be entertained.

The PSD has special regulations focused on the implementation of goals and objectives. Most important of those goals is the development of a compact, walkable, mixed-use district, consisting of a variety of retail, entertainment, office, service, residential, cultural, recreation and municipal uses. To provide for the desired traditional downtown environment and accommodate the wide variety of permitted uses, this district includes specific design standards for site layout, setback continuity, building design, pedestrian amenities, parking arrangement, vehicular circulation and coordination of site features between adjoining sites. It is the intent of this district to prohibit automotive related services and non-retail uses that tend to disrupt the continuity of the retail frontage.

Due to the density of development in the Downtown, there is a need for consolidated and shared services in order to maintain the beauty and character of the area. These shared services are funded by a quarterly fee paid by all property owners or tenets located within the downtown Principal Shopping District. The shared services include snow removal on sidewalks, public parking lots, garbage removal, maintenance on dumpsters and enclosures, maintenance of public parking lot surfaces and walk ways, lighting, among many other benefits.

Before any changes are made to the exterior of a building or a sign is needed within this district, approval is needed from not only the City of Newaygo, but also the PSD Board.

Currently this board meets quarterly. For 2019 the meeting dates are as follows: January 9th, April 10th, July 10th, October 9th.

Members of the PSD Board:

Theresa Cooper - Vice-Chair
Sui Generis Home Furniture

Nick Looman - Chair
Newaygo Brewing Co.

Valerie Hobbie - Secretary
Old Opera House

Ed Fedell
City Council Representative

Jane Parsley
Parsley's Sport Shop

Greg Slominski
37 North

Jason Harris

Donna Friar
This Old House Antiques

Jeff Nelson
North Woods General Store

Newaygo Economic Development Organization

The Newaygo Economic Development Organization (NEDO) Board shall meet at least two times each year, unless there are no agenda items other than approval of minutes.

The NEDO Board shall generally be engaged in economic development activities and have the authority to work on projects, apply for grants, and establish relationships relating to economic development and improving the quality of life for the Newaygo community.

The NEDO Board shall have authority to apply for and receive grants from any government agency or the federal government, foundations, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and to receive gifts.

George Heartwell-Chair
Send an Email: George Heartwell
Term Expires: 12/31/19

Eric Johnson-Vice Chair
Send an Email: Eric Johnson
Term Expires: 12/31/20 (Resident)

Del Hirdes
Send an Email: Del Hirdes
Term Expires: 12/31/20

Krista Looman
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Term Expires: 12/31/21(Resident)

Jason Harris
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Term Expires: 12/31/20

Cory Nelson
Send an Email: Cory Nelson
Term Expires: 12/31/21

Steven Radtke
Send an Email: Steven Radtke
Term Expires: 12/31/21

George Suchy
Send an Email: George Suchy
Term Expires: 12/31/19

Ron Armstrong
Send an Email: Ron Armstrong
Term Expires: 12/31/19 (Resident)

Ed Fedell
Send an Email: Ed Fedell
Term Expires: 12/31/20 (Resident)

Newaygo Community Recreation Authority NCRA

The Newaygo Community Recreation Authority (NCRA) is a combination of nine members from multiple municipalities. These members work to improve the community's recreational facilities along with preserving the natural features of Newaygo County. The board meets the second Thursday of each odd month (January, March, May, July, September, November) at 8:00 A.M. The meetings are held in the Newaygo County Welcome Center located at 684 Evergreen Drive, Newaygo, MI 49337.

If you would like to be part of this board please contact Jennifer Badgero. E-mail

Jennifer Badgero, Chairperson
Brooks Township

Kim Goodin
Brooks Township

Jon Schneider, Vice-Chair
City of Newaygo

Jane Parsley
City of Newaygo

Nick Smith
County of Newaygo

Nancy Kinniburgh
Garfield Township

Erik Larsen
Garfield Township

Morgan Heinzman
Croton Township

Duane duChemin
Croton Township

Tax Increment Finance Authority

The Tax Increment Financing Authority (TIFA) meets the second Friday of each quarter (January, April, July, October) in the City Council Chambers at 7:00 A.M.

Voting Members:
Ron Armstrong, Chairperson
Julie Burrell
Bryce Cronk
Greg Slominski
Chris Wren

Nick Looman
Joel Phillips
Ed Fedell
Morgan Heinzman
Peg Mathis
Aaron Leestma
John Buckley
Kelly Tinkham

Director: Jon Schneider
Secretary: Kim Goodin

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

In 2007, the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners, in accordance with the State of Michigan Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act (Act 381), approved the formation of a countywide Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.  

The mission of the Newaygo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (NCBRA) is to facilitate the redevelopment of environmentally contaminated and underutilized properties located within municipalities in Newaygo County through the use of tax increment financing and other state and federal incentives.

For more information please visit the Newaygo County Brownfield Redevelopment Page.

City of Newaygo

28 State Road
Newaygo, Michigan 49337
Phone (231) 652-1657
Monday through Friday, 7:30a-4:00p
Emergency: Phone 911