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The Commission has the following powers and duties:
(a) To research historic resources and to recommend to the planning board that certain of them be designated as historic sites or historic districts on the master plan for historic preservation and, hence, be subject to the provisions of this chapter.
(b) To recommend to the planning board, as needed, any update to the inventory of historic resources which is contained in the "Locational Atlas and Index of Historic Sites in Montgomery County."
(c) To act upon applications for historic area work permits and other matters referred to it for action pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
(d) To appoint members to local advisory panels to assist and advise the commission on the performance of its functions.
(e) To recommend programs and legislation to the council and the planning board to encourage historic preservation in the Maryland-Washington Regional District.
(f) To review any legislation and proposals affecting historic preservation, including preparation of master plans, and to make recommendations on such legislation and proposals to appropriate authorities.
(g) To serve as a clearinghouse for information on historic preservation for county government, individuals, citizens' associations, historic societies and local advisory committees; to provide information and educational materials for the public; and to undertake activities to advance the goals of historic preservation in the county.
(h) To employ or hire consultants or other temporary personnel, consistent with county contract provisions, as deemed necessary to assist the commission in the accomplishment of its functions; such consultants or other personnel shall be compensated as may be provided for in the county budget.
(i) To administer an historic preservation easement program and any revolving funds or grant programs to assist in historic preservation.
(j) To advise the planning board, in the event of subdivision of land containing an historic resource, on the appurtenances and environmental setting necessary to preserve it.
(k) To delineate the extent of appurtenances and environmental setting associated with an historic site or resource. (Ord. No. 9-4, § 1; 1989 L.M.C., ch. 4, § 1; Ord. No. 11-59; Ord. No. 19-08, §1.)
Editor’s note—Section 24A-5 is quoted in Montgomery Preservation, Inc. v. Montgomery County Planning Board, 197 Md. App. 388, 14 A.3d 1 (2011).