Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, Feb. 10. 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.
Fiscal Year 2019 audit report ― An independent auditing firm reported to the board that the town received a clean unmodified opinion for Fiscal Year 2019. The firm’s report can be found in the agenda packet for this meeting. Links to the town’s fiscal year 2019 financial reports can be found below.
Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness ― Coordinator Corey Root gave an overview of the partnership’s annual report and funding gaps. She presented a request to phase in higher annual funding from Orange County and the towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough over the next three years.
The board delayed discussion about possible changes to the noise ordinance that could impact the playing of amplified music.
Watershed protection request
The board heard a request from the City of Durham to support the city’s use of Teer Quarry reservoir as a permanent water supply source. Durham’s changes to the quarry would expand the watershed protected area and would obligate the town to place approximately 30 homes in Hillsborough’s Forest Ridge neighborhood into a protected watershed zoning district. The board asked for more information on what that would mean for affected property owners. It also reviewed possible changes to the water and sewer boundary area agreement with neighboring jurisdictions in support of Durham’s request and also to move forward with other minor adjustments to the boundary to address additional requests related to other developments.
Affordable housing project
The board received a letter of interest in annexation from a developer who proposes to build 64 affordable townhomes near the Orange County Sportsplex. The board expressed interest in the project if the developer secures a partnership with an affordable housing organization such as Orange County Habitat for Humanity. The board asked staff to prepare a financial analysis of the project and confirm the participation of an affordable housing partner.
Development ordinance changes
The board received information from the planning director about changes needed to the Unified Development Ordinance by January 2021 to comply with changes to the state enabling legislation. Discussions about this project will continue throughout the year.
Upcoming work session
The board reviewed the main items for the Feb. 24 work session, including a possible discussion with the redevelopers of Daniel Boone Village, next steps in creating a sustainability plan, a possible budget retreat preview and a brief presentation from Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition.