Public Policy

2016 Successes

  • With the Town serving as lead, assisted successfully in updating the Unified Development Ordinance to better guide and manage the development of Morrisville, taking into account present and future needs and resources and to implement adopted plans guiding the Town's growth and development.
  • Endorsed the Wake Transit plan which has been approved by all three governing boards.
  • Along with the Regional Transportation Alliance and other area Chambers of Commerce, supported the Complete 540 initiative which now has an accelerated construction date.

2015 Successes

  • Worked with the Town of Morrisville to update their economic development incentives agreement to include benchmarks and qualifications so that companies making significantly higher investments in capital and staffing may be considered for better incentives.

2014 Successes

  • With the Town serving as lead, assisted successfully in lobbying to receive a $3 million interlocal grant from Wake County to build the Morrisville Competition Center. These funds are collected through accommodations and food taxes and are used for projects that bring out-of-town visitors to the area.
  • Modifying the tree preservation ordinance to make it more flexible for development while increasing tree preservation.

2018 Legislative Agenda

The Morrisville Chamber of Commerce advocates for businesses primarily at the local level and, as needed, at the state and federal level. The Morrisville Chamber’s legislative agenda supports a competitive economic climate while promoting growth and job creation. The Chamber uses three guiding principles when considering taking positions on issues.

Principle 1

Maintain and grow opportunities for Morrisville businesses

  • Support and enhance the performance-based economic development incentive portfolio
  • Increase the formation of and support entrepreneurial businesses in our community
  • Support reforms promoting regulatory efficiency, consistency and economic growth
  • Support tax reforms that promote economic growth and development
  • Protect North Carolina’s Right-to-Work status for public and private employees
  • Support the economic advocacy and workforce development efforts of Wake County Economic Development
  • We maintain a commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout the regional business community and in all aspects of talent and workforce development

Principle 2

Improve the regulatory environment and business climate

  • Support policies and projects that make it easier to build, redevelop, and/or conduct business by streamlining and simplifying ordinances and requirements
  • Decrease the property tax burden on Morrisville property owners
  • Increase the exportation of Morrisville/Wake County products and services

Principle 3

Manage growth and support infrastructure improvements to improve the marketability of the area

  • Support annexation and extraterritorial jurisdiction laws that promote rational municipal growth and balance the interests of residential and business property areas
  • Support the Jordan Lake Rules and the Town of Cary’s request for an increase in interbasin transfers which addresses water supply in Cary, Morrisville, Apex and the Wake County portion of RTP
  • Support the study of new ways to generate funding for needed infrastructure investments
  • Restore the historic preservation tax credit
  • Support public and private investment in our area sports leagues, cultural amenities, and the arts to strengthen our vibrant community
  • Support community-driven strategic planning for our community’s parks, greenways, and open space networks
  • Support the advocacy and leadership of the Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition to advance freeways, major streets, Bus Rapid Transit, freight and commuter rail service, intercity higher speed rail service, and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport