Morrisville is in the process of rezoning several parcels of land to make them compliant with the town’s new unified development ordinance, which was adopted in December and regulates everything from building height to buffers. However, some people say proposed changes to the town’s development rules could hurt local businesses and their ability to grow.
International Paper, which owns about 10 acres on Morrisville Parkway, could be negatively affected by a change in zoning, Matthew Quinn, an attorney representing the company, told town leaders during a recent public hearing.
The site is currently zoned industrial management but is set to become a “community activity center,” a new designation that would allow for different kinds of uses within an area. Warehousing and distribution would not be permitted under the change, however.
That poses a problem for International Paper, which has a merger in the works to consolidate some of its distribution operations in Morrisville, Quinn said. “It would bring jobs to Morrisville and increase (the town’s) business profile,” he said. “The rezoning would prevent us from being able to do so.”