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.

Scenic Texas is an affiliate of Scenic America.

Click here to see full list of Certified Scenic Cities.

Scenic Houston’s annual dinner breaks two previous records

By Amber Elliot

Scenic Houston knows how to throw a mean fundraiser.

The streetscape planning and revitalization organization’s winning formula is simple: al fresco reception, minimal programming, and killer speeches.

This year’s chairs Julie Peak and David Hightower went above and beyond, having produced the non-profit’s highest-attended and most financially successful annual dinner with $390,000 raised.

Truthfully, late October’s near-perfect weather didn’t hurt.

Around sunset, more than 360 supporters clinked glasses on Houston Country Club grounds before heading into the tony venue’s sunken ballroom. There, Houston Public Media’s and soiree emcee Ernie Manouse encouraged presenters to keep remarks short and sweet.

“I have one important role,” said board chairman Harry Masterson. “To extend a huge thanks to our chairs and ambassadors.”

Indeed, a room full of civic leaders, including former mayors Bill White and Annise Parker, and past honorees attended the festive occasion. Just when it seemed that the evening would wrap in record time, one key figure, sitting Mayor Sylvester Turner, arrived later than expected to present honoree with an eponymous “Larry D. Johnson Day” proclamation.

“I cannot say enough about Broadway (Street),” Turner said of Scenic Houston’s latest endeavor. “It has literally transformed in our presence.”

Cheered on by family, peers, and members of his decades-long breakfast club, Johnson closed the show.

“I grew up with a love of scenery,” he shared. “Growing up in West Texas, the scenery – yes, there were tumble weeds – was a little bit different, but just as a wonderful.”

You can read the article on the Houston Chronicle website here.




FREE Scenic City Instructional Webinar

The Scenic City Certification Program will host a FREE webinar on Tuesday, February 24th at 10:30am CST. This is a not-to-be missed tutorial that will:

  • review the benefits of participation in the Scenic City Certification Program
  • walk through the application process
  • review timeline (2015 applications are due March 31!)
  • provide Q&A with Anne Culver, Director of the Scenic City Certification Program

Click here to register or visit:  https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EB54DC81814B38.

Upon registration, you will receive an email with a calendar invite and instructions for login the day of the webinar.

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2014 Scenic City Webinar

Make plans to attend the 2014 Scenic City webinar on Wednesday, February 12 at 10:30am CST, hosted by the Texas Municipal League. This is a great opportunity for your municipality to learn more about the Scenic City Certification Program, walk through the application process, and ask any questions you might have to Anne Culver, Executive Vice President of Scenic Texas.  The cost of the hour-long webinar is only $45 per city, so many attendees can participate at once.  All the details, including online registration, can be accessed by clicking on the link below. This is a not-to-be missed tutorial opportunity!  http://www.tml.org/events/scenic-city-certification-program