Article II - Historic Resources Commission
Historic Resources Commission Established; Appointment; Terms and Qualifications of
Creation. There is hereby established, by authority of Chapter 160A, Article 19, Part 3C, of the
North Carolina General Statutes, a joint historic Resources commission to be known as the
Henderson County Historic Resources Commission ("HRC). The Commission shall consist of
not fewer than four and not more than nine members appointed by the Board of Commissioners as
Appointment. In making appointments to the HRC, the Board of Commissioners shall appoint four
members who do not reside in any municipality which adopts this chapter and one member who
resides within the territorial limits of each municipality which adopts this chapter. For each
municipality which adopts this chapter, the Board of Commissioners shall appoint the member
who is required to reside in such municipality recommended by each municipality. At the time of
original appointments to the HRC, Henderson County staff shall assign each of the seats initially
to a term of one, two or three years. Subsequent appointments of each of the seats on the HRC
shall be for a term of three years, so that after the expiration of initial appointments, the term of
shall be for three years, with the terms of approximately one-third of the
membership of the HRC
Qualification of members. Each of the members of the Commission shall have demonstrated
experience, education or interest in history, architecture, archaeology, or related fields.
Powers and Duties of the Historic Resources Commission.
is authorized and empowered to undertake such actions reasonably necessary to the discharge
and conduct of its duties and responsibilities as outlined in this chapter and the North Carolina General
Statutes, including but not limited to the following:
Undertake an inventory of properties of historical, prehistoric, landscape, architectural,
archaeological, and/or cultural significance.
to the County individual buildings, structures, sites, areas, landscapes or objects
within the respective zoning jurisdiction to be designated as "historic landmarks."
Recommend to the County proposed ordinances regarding historic landmarks, and amendments to
the same, as requested by the Board of Commissioners.
Recommend to the County that designation of any building, structure, site, landscapes, area, or
object as a historic landmark, be revoked or removed for cause.
Review and recommend
proposals for alteration or demolition of designated landmarks, pursuant
to this chapter.
Report violations of this chapter, or other ordinances affecting historic landmarks, to the Planning
Act as, establish, or designate a group, body, or committee to give advice to owners of historic
landmarks concerning the treatment of the historical and visual characteristics of their property,
such as gardens and landscape features, minor decorative elements, and for the informal review of
major additions and new construction.
Conduct educational and outreach programs on historic landmarks
within the county.
Publish information, or otherwise inform the public, about any matters pertinent to its purview,
duties, organization, procedures, responsibilities, functions, or requirements.
Cooperate with state, federal and local governments in pursuing the purposes of this chapter.
Communicate with other boards or commissions in Henderson County or with agencies of the
County or other governmental units to offer or request assistance, aid, guidance, or advice
concerning matters under its purview or of mutual interest.
Prepare and recommend the official adoption of a historic preservation element as part of the
County's comprehensive plan and a municipality's comprehensive plan, at the request of the local
Organize itself and conduct its business, including any meetings or hearings necessary to carry out
the purposes of this chapter.
Submit an annual report to the state historic preservation office and to the County Board of
Commissioners. That report shall include a comprehensive review of the HRC's activities, actions
Research and apply for grants from other governmental and non-governmental sources for historic
Collaborate with the Tourism Department, Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Museum, and other
local entities supporting tourism or historic preservation in Henderson County.