What is the Hayden Run Community Development Authority?
Under State law, cities and counties can create a public body called a Community Development Authority, or CDA. It is one of several mechanisms that can assist in funding infrastructure improvements. In accordance with that state law, and with a Columbus policy to Pay as We Grow and Grow with A Plan through public-private partnership, several developers in the Hayden Run corridor of northwest Columbus petitioned the City to create such an entity. City Council passed ordinance 1374-2007 establishing the Hayden Run Community Development Authority (CDA). It is required to levy a community development charge of four mills on each home for 20 years, in order to help fund roads, other infrastructure improvements and public services needed for balanced development of the participating neighborhoods. Owners within the CDA District pay the 4 mill charge along with their property tax.
Why is there an election this December 6th ?
As the population of the District grows, the seven appointed members of the Board of Trustees governing the CDA are gradually replaced with elected residents of the District. At this point in the development of the CDA District's population, residents are being asked to choose three successor resident trustees to replace three of the existing trustees.
What are the 2011 Election Details?
The election will be held in the Hayden Crossing North Community Clubhouse, 5316 Spring River Ave. (at the NE corner of Hayden Run Blvd.), from 4:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday December 6, 2011. Any resident of the Hayden Run CDA District (see map below) who is 18 years or older is eligible to vote. Normal documentation showing residence accepted by the Franklin County Board of Elections will be accepted by the CDA, including an ID or utility bill. The election procedures are set forth in City Council Ordinance 1515-2011 and CDA Resolution 2011-4. The latter delegates conduct of the election to the CDA Election Committee.
What does a CDA Board Trustee do?
The Hayden Run CDA is governed by a seven member Board of Trustees. All Trustees are unpaid, and will ordinarily be expected to attend one, two or three Board meetings per year. They must act within the parameters of state law and the petition and Declaration of Covenants and City Ordinance 1374-2007. For example, they cannot remove the community development charge. Within these parameters the Trustees manage the business of the CDA, including establishing budgets, authorizing expenditures, entering into agreements with other parties, electing officers, and hiring professionals.
What do I do if I want to be a Trustee?
To be eligible to become a resident Trustee, one must meet the same requirements as voters stated above — be a resident 18 years or older of the CDA District -- and must also be a registered voter. Those wishing to be listed in advance as a candidate must declare that interest, and provide their name, address and contact information by November 28th to Election Committee Chair Matt Callahan at HRCDA@dominionhomes.com. The candidate may at the same time submit a candidate statement not to exceed one 8.5 x 11 inch page, in order to provide pertinent biographical information and reasons for wishing to be a Trustee. The list of declared candidates and their statements will be posted on December 1st on this website and at selected locations within the District. Others not listed may still seek to become a Trustee, and the ballot on December 6th will have places for voters to write in up to three names of their choice.
All of the documents referred to above and several others are available by clicking on the live links below:
Community Development Authority District Map
Certified 2011 Population - 2,112