(A)   General responsibilities of the Commission.  The Commission shall seek to promote, enhance and preserve the character of the Historic District provided the Commission shall not require the reconstruction of individual or original buildings or structures or portions thereof.
   (B)   Specific authority and powers.  The Historic District Commission is authorized and empowered to undertake actions reasonably necessary to the discharge and conduct of its duties and responsibilities as outlined in this chapter and G.S. Chapter 160A, Article 19, Part 3C, including but not limited to the following:
      (1)   To recommend to the Planning Board districts or areas to be designated by ordinance as  “Historic District” and individual structures, buildings, sites, areas or objects to be designated by ordinance as “landmarks;”
      (2)   To recommend to the Planning Board that designation of any district or area as a Historic District be revoked or removed;
      (3)   To consider and grant or deny applications for certificates of appropriateness in accordance with § 153.122 of this chapter;
      (4)   To give advice to property owners concerning the treatment of the historical and visual characteristics of the properties located within the District, such as color schemes, gardens and landscape features and minor decorative elements;
      (5)   To propose to the City Council changes to this or any related ordinance and to propose new ordinances or laws relating to the Historic District or relating to the total program for the development of the historical resources of the city and its environs;
      (6)   To cooperate with other city boards or commissions or with agencies of the city or other governmental units; to offer or request assistance, aid, guidance or advice concerning matters under its purview or of mutual interest;
      (7)   To publish information about, or otherwise inform the owners of property within the District, of any matters pertinent to its duties, organization, procedures, responsibilities, functions or requirements;
      (8)   To undertake programs of information, research or analysis relating to any matters under its purview;
      (9)   To report violations of this chapter or related ordinances to the local official responsible for enforcement;
      (10)   To assist the city staff in obtaining the services of consultants to aid in carrying out programs of research or analysis;
      (11)   To accept funds granted to the Commission from private or nonprofit organizations;
      (12)   To contract, with the approval of the City Council, for services or funds from the state and agencies or departments of the United States government;
      (13)   To recommend to the City Council and the state structures, sites, objects or districts worthy of national, state or local recognition;
      (14)   To initiate and participate in negotiations with owners and other parties in an effort to find means of preserving buildings scheduled for demolition;
      (15)   To establish guidelines under which the Administrator or his or her designee may approve minor modifications on behalf of the Commission. No application shall be denied without first being considered by the Commission;
      (16)   To conduct public hearings on applications for certificates of appropriateness where the Commission deems that a hearing is necessary;
      (17)   To organize itself and conduct its business by whatever legal means it deems proper and in accordance with its Rules of Procedure;
      (18)   Undertake an inventory of properties of historical, pre-historical, architectural and/or archaeological significance;
      (19)   Recommend to the City Council that designation of any area as a historic district or part thereof or designation of any building, structure site, area or object as a landmark, be revoked or removed for cause;
      (20)   Conduct an educational program with respect to historic districts and properties within its jurisdiction;
      (21)   Prepare and recommend the official adoption of a preservation element as part of the city’s comprehensive land use plan; and
      (22)   To exercise other powers and perform other duties as are required or allowed elsewhere by this chapter, the General Statutes of the state or by the City Council.
(Prior UDO, § 16.9)