An ordinance introduced at Monday's meeting of the Richmond Common Council would make it more difficult for certain types of non-taxpaying entities to set up shop downtown or in the Historic Depot District. (Photo: Jason Truitt/Palladium-Item)
An ordinance introduced at Monday's meeting of the Richmond Common Council would make it more difficult for certain types of non-taxpaying entities to set up shop downtown or in the Historic Depot District. (Photo: Jason Truitt/Palladium-Item)
RICHMOND — An ordinance introduced at this week's Richmond Common Council meeting aims to keep property downtown and in the Historic Depot District on the tax rolls by making it harder for nonprofits to set up shop in those areas.

The proposed legislation was put together by the city of Richmond's Law Department at the request of Councilman Larry Parker.

"I'd like to see the retail area downtown stay retail as much as humanly possible, and I'd like to see that come back onto the tax rolls in every manner that we possibly can," Parker told the Pal Item after Monday's meeting.

"I don't want it to be just a not-for-profit strip. I'd like it to be a retail strip again like it was years ago."

To accomplish that, the ordinance would make changes to the city's Unified Development Ordinance, which among other things lays out allowable uses for Richmond's various zoning categories.
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