Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, June 12, at the Town Barn, 101 E. Orange St. Following is a brief summary of noteworthy actions. It does not include all actions taken at the meeting and should not be viewed as official minutes.


The following presentations were made:

  • Police Chief Duane Hampton introduced Officer Clarissa Baker, who recently joined the Police Department. Baker publicly reaffirmed her oath of office.
  • Tina Sherman, campaign director for the breastfeeding and paid leave campaigns of MomsRising.org, which advocates for family-friendly policies, presented the Board of Commissioners with an oversized thank you card in appreciation of the board’s recent decision to provide up to six weeks of paid parental leave for town employees.


The board adopted a resolution asking the Orange County Board of Commissioners to reappoint Dave Remington to the Hillsborough Board of Adjustment for a term expiring June 30, 2020.


The board adopted the town’s budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18 with no tax increase. More information is contained in the news release.

Solid waste fee

The board approved an increase in the Orange County solid waste fee from $107 per unit to $128. The change was made after consultation with the town managers of Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Carrboro and approval by the Solid Waste Advisory Group.

Habitat for Humanity

The board passed a resolution modifying the special use permit for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to build 24 affordable townhouses in the Waterstone development. The modification includes several waivers the Planning Board recommended be approved and a waiver to build 44 wider parking spaces instead of the required 48 standard spaces.

515 North Churton

The board passed a resolution modifying the special use permit for the 515 North Churton condominium project. Modifications include a change in the height of the parapet for mechanical reasons and a change in the shed roof height to accommodate an elevator.

Accessory dwelling units

The board approved a consistency statement and an amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance to allow free-standing accessory dwelling units on property without the property meeting the zoning requirements for two homes. Setbacks and other requirements must still be met. The board included the Planning Board’s suggestion of requiring two parking spaces per primary dwelling and one per bedroom in the accessory dwelling. The board also established a size limit of 800 square feet for all accessory dwelling units and called for rewriting the requirement for the separation of attached units to allow for internal locking doors that can be locked from both sides.

Police salary increases

Police Chief Duane Hampton and Human Resources Director Katherine Cathey presented information to the board on starting salary increases in several nearby municipalities. The board agreed that Hillsborough needed to raise the starting salary for police officers to recruit and retain officers. The salaries of officers who are not new to the department also will be raised if they fall below the new starting level.

Hot topics

The board and staff noted one topic for the June 26 board work session is the annual asphalt repaving contract.

More information

A video summary of the meeting by Town Manager Eric Peterson is available on the town’s YouTube channel.

Related documents

      Document Agenda packet