The proposed Business Improvement District (BID) in Old Town Alexandria requires the support of 60% of the properties in the proposed zone for approval. However, a new change is being considered that could exclude property owners who do not engage at all from that 60 percent requirement. City Council member John Chapman pointed out that over 200 property owners did not respond to the call for the Old Town BID, either for or against the proposal. Currently, silence about the project is considered not to support it.

Council member Sarah Bagley noted that some businesses support the idea of a BID, but their absentee owners have not expressed their views on the issue. Chapman suggested adjusting the counting process to ensure that absentee property owners do not affect the percentage of property owners who are for or against the ZUP. While this change could benefit the proposed BID, previous attempts to implement it have met with resistance from the community. Members of the City Council expressed their support for the proposed change, but emphasized the importance of conducting additional contact with property owners who did not participate in the decision-making process.

The goal is to give those real estate owners another opportunity to express their opinion on the creation of

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