Board of Commissioners Meeting Summary

Town expresses support for revising Falls Lake rules and updates sidewalk rules.

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023
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The town board meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Town Hall Annex at 105 E. Corbin St.

The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners met Monday, Oct. 9, at the Town Hall Annex. 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 is available for view on the town’s YouTube channel

Falls Lake water quality 

The board adopted a resolution endorsing the Falls Lake Consensus Principles II, a part of the Upper Neuse River Basin Association’s reexamination of the Falls Lake Nutrient Management Strategy. The town requested that the consensus principles be used by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Management Commission as guidelines in developing revised rules for water entering Falls Lake. Hillsborough is located in a watershed that drains into Falls Lake. The water quality rules for the lake impact Hillsborough’s wastewater treatment and stormwater management processes. The Falls Lake Consensus Principles II can be found in the agenda packet. 

Crosswalk safety  

At community members’ request, the board asked town staff to discuss potential safety improvements with the North Carolina Department of Transportation regarding existing crosswalks between the Forest Ridge neighborhood and the Sportsplex on U.S. 70A, a state-maintained road. 

Sidewalk construction 

The board approved a text amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance that clarifies when sidewalks need to be constructed by developers and when the town will accept a payment in lieu of a sidewalk. The amendment stipulates that payments in lieu must be used for sidewalks within a half a mile of the development’s location. The board will revisit this section of the Unified Development Ordinance during a rewrite process next year. 


The board approved: 

  • The appointment of Thomas Darling to the Tree Board with a term ending Oct. 30, 2026. 
  • A resolution to Orange County requesting a three-year appointment of Carl Edward (Eddie) Sain to the Board of Adjustment as an alternate member from the extraterritorial jurisdiction. 

Other business 

In other business, the board approved: 

  • Its 2024 meeting schedule. 
  • A hold harmless agreement to allow the town to provide services on private streets in Corbinton Commons. 

Hot topics 

The following was noted for the Oct. 23 work session: 

  • A presentation of the 2023 Government 101 program. 
  • A Youth in Action video 

Related documents

Document Agenda packet