Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary
The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, Dec. 13. 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 meeting also is available for viewing on the town’s YouTube channel.
Oaths of office
Mayor Jenn Weaver and commissioners Robb English and Kathleen Ferguson took their oaths of office. Weaver is commencing her second two-year term as mayor. She previously served six years as a commissioner. English is starting his first full term as a commissioner. He was appointed in 2019 to serve the last two years of Weaver’s commissioner term. Ferguson is entering her third term as a commissioner. Commissioner terms are four years.
The following appointments were made:
- Mayor pro tem — Commissioner Matt Hughes was chosen by the board to serve as mayor pro tem, the board’s leader in the mayor’s absence.
- Committee seats — Board members also determined the town, county and regional boards on which they will represent the Board of Commissioners in 2022 and 2023, which largely remained the same as it was for 2020 and 2021. All will share in attending meetings of the Hillsborough Water and Sewer Advisory Committee and the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, the mayor pro tem will strive to attend all meetings of the Water and Sewer Advisory Committee.
- Bell will serve on the Community Home Trust, Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization Board as an alternate, Intergovernmental Collaboration Work Group, Orange County Food Council, Orange County Transit Plan Policy Steering Committee, and Orange County Visitors Bureau.
- English will serve on the Hillsborough Parks and Recreation Board, Orange County Climate Committee, Orange County Intergovernmental Parks Work Group, and Solid Waste Advisory Group.
- Ferguson will serve on the Housing Collaborative, Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness, and Triangle J Council of Governments Board of Delegates.
- Hughes will serve on the Family Success Alliance Advisory Council, Hillsborough Tourism Board, Hillsborough Tourism Development Authority, Solid Waste Advisory Group, and Triangle J Council of Governments as an alternate.
- Lloyd will serve on the boards of the Fire Department Relief Fund and the Orange Rural Fire Department.
- Weaver will serve on the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization Board, Intergovernmental Collaboration Work Group, and Upper Neuse River Basin Association.
- Tourism Board — The board appointed Victoria Pace to a term ending Dec. 13, 2023.
- Tourism Board — The board reappointed Barney Caton to a term ending Dec. 9, 2023.
224 Cornelius Street
The board voted to rezone this property from Rural-10 to General Commercial at the request of the property owners, who also own an adjacent parcel that is zoned General Commercial. The change is consistent with the town’s Future Land Use Map and the U.S. 70/Cornelius Street Corridor Plan.
Unified Development Ordinance amendments
The board voted to amend the ordinance to:
- Increase density in multi-family districts to 20 units per acre and offer an incentive of 50% more units for an affordable housing project. All land zoned multi-family in Hillsborough’s jurisdiction is developed. The change will apply to new zoning requests and redevelopment.
- Remove waivers and introduce flexibility in several areas of the ordinance. Details are included in the agenda packet.
Future train station
The board followed staff recommendation to authorize staff to negotiate a contract with Clearscapes for design and engineering of the future train station and greenway connection to downtown Hillsborough not to exceed $800,000.
In-person meeting discussion
The board informally agreed to continue to meet in person in January unless the Orange County health director asks the board to meet remotely for public health concerns.