Alexandria City Council deliberates on revising Business Improvement District vote to exclude absentee property owners

Alexandria City Council member John Chapman has proposed a new change to the business improvement district (BID) in Old Town that could exclude property owners who do not engage in the decision-making process from the 60% requirement for approval. Over 200 property owners did not respond to outreach for the Old Town BID, neither in favor nor against the proposal, which has led to concerns that remaining silent on the project equates to not supporting it.

Chapman’s suggested adjustment to the counting process would ensure that absent property owners do not influence the percentage of property owners in favor or against the BID. While this change could benefit the proposed BID, previous attempts to establish it have faced resistance from the community. Members of the City Council expressed their support for the proposed change but emphasized the importance of conducting additional outreach to property owners who have not participated in the decision-making process.

The goal is to give those property owners another opportunity to voice their opinions on the creation of the BID. If property owners choose to remain uninvolved, their properties would not be counted in determining the outcome of the BID. The City Council aims to prevent non-participating property owners from negatively impacting the establishment of

By Aiden Johnson

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