§ 49-4. 
Powers and Duties of the Historic Resources Commission. 
The HRC
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:  
A.
Undertake an inventory of properties of historical, prehistoric, landscape, architectural,
archaeological, and/or cultural significance.  
B.
Recommend
to the County individual buildings, structures, sites, areas, landscapes or objects
within the respective zoning jurisdiction to be designated as "historic landmarks."  
C.
Recommend to the County proposed ordinances regarding historic landmarks, and amendments to
the same, as requested by the Board of Commissioners. 
D.
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.  
E.
Review and recommend
proposals for alteration or demolition of designated landmarks, pursuant
to this chapter.  
F.
Report violations of this chapter, or other ordinances affecting historic landmarks, to the Planning
Department.
G.
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. 
H.
Conduct educational and outreach programs on historic landmarks
within the county.
  
I.
Publish information, or otherwise inform the public, about any matters pertinent to its purview,
duties, organization, procedures, responsibilities, functions, or requirements. 
 
J.
Cooperate with state, federal and local governments in pursuing the purposes of this chapter. 
K.
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.  
L.
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
governing body.  
M.
Organize itself and conduct its business, including any meetings or hearings necessary to carry out
the purposes of this chapter.
N.
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
and problems.
O.
Research and apply for grants from other governmental and non-governmental sources for historic
preservation.
P.
Collaborate with the Tourism Department, Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Museum, and other
local entities supporting tourism or historic preservation in Henderson County.