Mayor Tom Stevens will give a State of the Town address at 7 p.m. March 24 in the meeting room of the Orange County Public Library.
Prior to the eighth annual event, Hillsborough Planning Department staff will offer a public information meeting on the status of downtown access improvements. That update will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. The public is invited to both events.
Stevens noted that 2014 may be the year of new trails, new roads and new homes.
During the address, he will discuss Riverwalk, a 1.8-mile greenway along the Eno River that is in its second phase of construction; new roads that are being built in the Waterstone mixed-use development by Interstate 40; and the construction of new homes, projected to bring a 31-percent increase to Hillsborough’s population over the next four years.
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“What we will see the most of this year are new roads that will be the bones of where we will see new neighborhoods,” Stevens said. “There are significant changes in Hillsborough in terms of the number of homes that will be built. Still the most important thing to us is our small-town character and how we move forward and keep what’s enduring about Hillsborough. This growth will be challenging but can also be very exciting in how our town and our unique character is evolving.”
In addition to an update on where the town is heading, the State of the Town address also is an opportunity for citizens to receive a good overview of the town’s activities in the last year and expected activities in the next.
“One of our strategy map objectives that’s very important to me and, I believe, to all the town officials and staff is that we have active involvement from our citizens,” the mayor said. “The State of the Town address is one of the ways citizens can learn what is going on in the town and how to get involved.
“It’s also a chance to meet your local government officials at a time when they’re not campaigning,” he quipped.