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The Morrisville Chamber had a successful year legislatively.
The Chamber increased awareness about the cost of building in Morrisville and worked with staff and council members to put in place reasonable fees for the new stormwater fee and for nutrient buy downs.
The Chamber also pushed for change on the requirements of stormwater maintenence security.
The Chamber suported maintaining the zoning along the new McCrimmon by-pass which will provide new property for primarily office and light industrial.
Lastly, the Chamber supported three bond referendums, the Town's roads referendum and parks referendum and Wake Tech's referendum. All three passed. Regarding the Chamber's efforts regarding the Town referendum, Mayor Jackie Holcombe stated, "Morrisville's recently passed bond referendums will allow funding of important improvements in our community. The Morrisville Chamber took the lead in conveying to citizens that these investments would enhance our quality of life. That active leadership played a significant role in the overwhelming approval of both the road and parks bonds."
2013 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 Chamber uses three guiding principles in considering taking positions on issues.
For issues pertaining to the Morrisville Chamber only, position papers available are posted as live links affiliated with the issue.
Principle 1: Maintain and grow opportunities for Morrisville businesses
- Support the Morrisville Chamber’s economic development strategy with funding for marketing and research.
- Review signage ordinances to improve business visibility and marketability.
Principle 2: Reduce the cost of doing business
- Support the concept of Ordinance 2012-007 dealing with storm water regulations but include clarification language.
(Ordinance passed 2.28.12 and technical changes addressing clarification language will be proposed in the coming months)
- Support streamlining the approval and permitting process to reduce the cost of doing business and to eliminate uncertainty that stifles business growth and development.
- Support charging garbage fees and no longer funding out of the general budget.
- Support stormwater fees at a reasonable rate to maintain water quality in the region. Fees are set annually during the budgeting process.
Principle 3: Manage growth and support infrastructure improvements so that the marketability of the area is maintained and improved