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

The proposed business improvement district (BID) in Old Town, Alexandria is facing a challenge to gain approval. A new change is being considered that could exclude property owners who do not engage at all from the 60% requirement for approval. City Council member John Chapman highlighted that over 200 property owners did not respond to the outreach for the Old Town BID, neither in favor nor against the proposal.

Currently, remaining silent on the project is seen as not supporting it. Chapman suggested adjusting the counting process to 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 provide those property owners with 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

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