RICHMOND — Aaron Roberts thinks nonprofits add significantly to a community.

He and five other members of the Richmond Advisory Plan Commission supported nonprofits during Thursday's meeting in the Richmond Municipal Building's Sally Hutton Room. Roberts, Annette Lester, Michael Devine, Greg Stiens, Joe Price and Vicki Robinson voted against a proposed amendment to city ordinance that would limit tax-exempt nonprofits downtown and in the Historic Depot District.

Therefore, the Plan Commission's recommendation to Common Council is to defeat the proposal. Council will conduct a public hearing on the amendment during its July 6 meeting.

"I don’t believe that it holds us back as a community because they’re not paying taxes, because, again, they’re giving back to the community," Roberts said. "And I think they’re more beneficial."

Common Council member Larry Parker worked with the city's Law Department on the proposed change to the city's Unified Development Ordinance. Most properties in downtown and the Depot District are zoned Central Business District, which allows commercial, institutional and residential uses for parcels.


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