AUSTIN, TX – July 16, 2019 – Today, 22 Texas cities have been recognized as 2019 Certified Scenic City award recipients through the Scenic City Certification Program, a program of Scenic Texas and its 17 partner organizations. The Scenic City Certification Program recognizes cities for their demonstrated commitment to high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and spaces. Nine cities have earned certification for the first time and 13 are re-certifying or upgrading existing status, bringing the total number of certified cities across Texas to 83.
The Scenic City Certification Program, is a nationally recognized one-of-a-kind model, developed to provide communities with a comprehensive set of standards and evaluations for the design and development of public roadways and spaces. Any Texas city may apply to the Scenic City Certification Program for an objective review of its existing municipal infrastructure ordinances as they relate to the model standards. Assessment is points-based, and every city applicant receives a detailed, scored evaluation that identifies both strengths and areas for improvement. Official certification is earned by cities that score points in the upper range and meet threshold standards for landscaping, tree planting, and sign regulation.
“Through the Scenic City Certification Program, cities access a low cost, high rate-of-return diagnostic tool,” said Sarah Tober, Scenic Texas Executive Director. “The detailed evaluation of existing infrastructure standards provides cities with a roadmap for future growth and development. As municipalities continue to aspire to certification and our highest level of recognition, platinum, it is a reflection of communities working to make a more scenic Texas for citizens and visitors.”
Cities earning first-time certification or recertification in 2019 and their rankings are:
Argyle (First-Time) | Silver
Arlington (First-Time) | Gold
Beaumont (Re-certified) | Bronze
Dayton (First-Time) | Recognized
Denton (Re-Certified) | Gold
Dripping Springs (Re-Certified) | Platinum
Flower Mound (Re-Certified) | Platinum
Forest Hill (First-Time) | Recognized
Friendswood (Re-Certified) | Platinum
Keller (Re-Certified) | Platinum
La Vernia (Re-Certified) | Silver
Lago Vista (First-Time) | Gold
Lakeway (Re-Certified) | Gold
League City (First-Time) | Gold
Mesquite (Re-Certified) | Gold
Princeton (First-Time) | Recognized
Richmond (Ranked Up) | Platinum
Rowlett (First- Time) | Gold
Taylor (Re-Certified) | Recognized
Weatherford (First-Time) | Bronze
Webster (Re-Certified) | Silver
West Lake Hills (Re-Certified) | Silver
A reception to present these 21 municipalities with their Scenic City Certification awards will be held on October 10, 2019 in San Antonio during the Texas Municipal League’s Annual Conference week.
The Scenic City application period for 2020 opens January 1, 2020. Any interested Texas municipality may go online now to review the Program standards and application process at www.sceniccitycertification.org.
Joining Scenic Texas as partners in the Scenic City Certification Program are the Texas Municipal League, Urban Land Institute — Austin and Houston, Urban Land Institute — San Antonio, American Planning Association Texas, Houston-Galveston Area Council, American Council of Engineering Companies Houston, Hill Country Alliance, Keep Texas Beautiful, Texas Downtown Association, Texas Economic Development Council, Texas Historical Commission, Association of Rural Communities in Texas (ARCIT), Texas Association of Regional Councils, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Scenic Houston, and Scenic America.
Through the Scenic City Certification Program, Scenic Texas provides educational resources to Texas cities that are establishing or revising ordinances that impact the streetscapes. Additionally, Scenic Texas supports urban forestry projects, tree planting and preservation initiatives, the creation of scenic roads and districts, the establishment and funding of parks and green space, the forestation of our highways, and the preservation of historic areas.
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Scenic Texas, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of our state’s visual environment, particularly as seen by the traveling public.
Click here to see full list of Certified Scenic Cities.