13 Texas Cities Earn Prominent Scenic City Certification in 2018

13 Texas Cities Earn Prominent Scenic City Certification in 2018

Cities recognized for excellence in scenic standards.
Total number of certified cities grows to 75

 

HOUSTON – July 10, 2018 – Today, 13 Texas cities have been recognized as 2018 Certified Scenic City award recipients through the Scenic City Certification Program, a project of Scenic Texas and its 15 Program Partner organizations. The Scenic City Certification Program recognizes cities for their demonstrated commitment to high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces.  Four cities have earned certification for the first time and nine are re-certifying or upgrading existing certification status, bringing the total number of certified cities across Texas to 75.

The Scenic City Certification Program is the only program of its kind in the United States to devise a comprehensive set of model standards for the design and development of public roadways and public spaces into one evaluation program. 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 Anne Culver, executive vice president of Scenic Texas. “The detailed 360° evaluation of existing infrastructure standards supplies cities with a roadmap for future growth and development. We are pleased so many municipalities participated this year, earning either first-time certification or re-certification.”

 

Cities earning first-time certification or recertification in 2018 and their rankings are:

 

Bee Cave (Ranked Up) – Platinum

Corinth (Ranked Up) – Silver

Duncanville (First-Time) – Bronze

Fort Worth (Re-Certified) – Gold

Little Elm (First-Time) – Silver

Manor (First-Time) – Bronze

McKinney (Re-Certified) – Platinum

Nacogdoches (First-Time) – Recognized

Pharr (Ranked Up) – Silver

Prosper (Ranked Up) – Silver

Rockwall (Re-Certified) – Platinum

Seabrook (Re-Certified) – Recognized

West University Place (Re-Certified) – Silver

 

A reception to present these 13 municipalities with their Scenic City Certification awards will be held on October 11, 2018 in Fort Worth, during the Texas Municipal League’s Annual Conference week.

 

The Scenic City application period for 2019 opens January 1, 2019. 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, Urban Land Institute – 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, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Scenic Houston and Scenic America.

 

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Scenic Texas is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the visual character of Texas. Scenic Texas promotes enhanced design standards for public projects, sign regulation, freeway landscaping and scenic byway development. Visit www.scenictexas.org.

CERTIFIED SCENIC CITIES 2010-2018

 

PLATINUM

Bee Cave

Cedar Park

Fairview

Flower Mound

Frisco

McKinney

Missouri City

North Richland Hills

Plano

Richardson

Roanoke

Rockwall

Southlake

 

GOLD

Belton
Benbrook

Buda

Cedar Hill

Cibolo

Cuero

Denton

Dripping Springs

Fort Worth

Georgetown

Heath

Horseshoe Bay

Hutto

Keller

Lakeway

Lancaster

Mansfield

Mesquite

Pearland

Pflugerville

Sealy

South Padre Island

Sugar Land

Westlake

 

SILVER

Bulverde

College Station

Colleyville

Corinth

El Campo

Granbury

Grapevine

Houston

Irving

Little Elm

McAllen

Nolanville

Pharr

Prosper

Waxahachie

West University Place

 

 

BRONZE

Bastrop

Beaumont

Bedford

Duncanville

Friendswood

La Vernia

Leon Valley

Manor

Marble Falls

Nassau Bay

Richmond

Webster

 

RECOGNIZED

Double Oak

Kennedale

Lucas

Magnolia

Nacogdoches

Pilot Point

Seabrook

Shavano Park

Taylor

West Lake Hills

 


13 Texas Cities Earn Prominent Scenic City Certification in 2017

HOUSTON – August 8, 2017 – Today, 13 Texas municipalities have been awarded Scenic City Certification through the Scenic City Certification Program, a project of Scenic Texas. The Scenic City program supports and recognizes cities for commitment to high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces.  Five cities are now certified for the first time, and eight are re-certifying or upgrading existing certification status, bringing the total number of certified cities in Texas to 71.

The Scenic City Certification Program is the first in the United States to incorporate a comprehensive set of model standards for design and development of public roadways and public spaces into one program. Cities apply to the program for a rigorous evaluation and scoring of existing municipal standards against the model.  Those with the highest evaluation scores earn certification.

“Through the Scenic City Certification Program, cities access a valuable diagnostic tool,” said Anne Culver, executive vice president of Scenic Texas. “The detailed 360° analysis of existing infrastructure standards supplies cities with a roadmap for future growth and development. We are pleased so many municipalities participated this year, earning either first-time certification or re-certification.”

Cities earning first-time certification or recertification in 2017 include:

Bedford*

Bulverde*

Cedar Park

Colleyville

Cuero

Horseshoe Bay

Houston

Lancaster*

Leon Valley*

Lucas*

Plano

Richardson

Southlake

*Cities earning first-time certification

 

A reception to present these 13 municipalities with their Scenic City Certification will be held on October 5, 2017 in Houston, during the Texas Municipal League’s Annual Conference Week.

 

The Scenic City application process for the 2018 round of Scenic City evaluations opens January 1, 2018. Any incorporated Texas municipality may view the Program standards and application process by visiting www.sceniccitycertification.org.

 

Joining Scenic Texas as partners in the Scenic City Certification Program are the Texas Municipal League, Urban Land Institute – Austin, Urban Land Institute – Houston, Urban Land Institute – San Antonio, American Planning Association Texas, Houston-Galveston Area Council, American Council of Engineering Companies Houston, Keep Texas Beautiful, Texas Downtown Association, Texas Economic Development Council, Texas Historical Commission, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Scenic Houston and Scenic America.

 

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Scenic Texas is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the visual character of Texas. We promote enhanced design standards for public projects, sign regulation, freeway landscaping and scenic byway development. Visit www.scenictexas.org.

 

TEXAS CERTIFIED SCENIC CITIES

 

PLATINUM

Cedar Park
Fairview
Flower Mound
Frisco
McKinney
Missouri City
Richland Hills
Plano
Richardson
Roanoke
Rockwall
Southlake

 

GOLD

Bee Cave
Belton
Benbrook
Buda
Cedar Hill
Cibolo
Cuero
Denton
Dripping Springs
Fort Worth
Georgetown
Heath
Horseshoe Bay
Hutto
Keller
Lakeway
Lancaster
Mansfield
Mesquite
Pearland
Pflugerville
Sealy
South Padre Island
Sugar Land
Westlake

 

SILVER

Bulverde
College Station
Colleyville
El Campo
Granbury
Grapevine
Houston
Irving
McAllen
Nolanville
Waxahachie
West University Place

BRONZE

Bastrop
Beaumont
Bedford
Corinth
Friendswood
La Vernia
Leon Valley
Marble Falls
Nassau Bay
Richmond
Webster

RECOGNIZED

Double Oak
Kennedale
Lucas
Magnolia
Pilot Point
Pharr
Prosper
Seabrook
Shavano
Park Taylor
West Lake Hills


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.

 

 

 


23 Texas Cities Earn Prominent Scenic City Certification in 2016

Twenty-three Texas municipalities have been awarded Scenic City Certification through the Scenic City Certification Program, a project of Scenic Texas.   The Scenic City program supports and recognizes cities for commitment to high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. Nine cities are now certified for the first time, and 14 are re-certifying or upgrading existing certification status, bringing the total certified cities in Texas to 66.

“Through the Scenic City Certification Program, cities access a valuable diagnostic tool,” said Anne Culver, executive vice president of Scenic Texas.  “A detailed 360° analysis of existing infrastructure standards supplies cities with a roadmap for future growth and development. We are pleased that so many municipalities applied this year for either first-time certification or re-certification.”

Cities earning first-time certification or recertification in 2016 include:

Bee Cave*

Benbrook

Buda

Cedar Hill

Cibolo*

Denton

El Campo*

Fairview

Fort Worth*

Frisco

Heath

Hutto

Mansfield

Marble Falls*

McAllen

Nolanville*

North Richland Hills

Pearland

Pharr*

Richmond*

Roanoke

Shavano Park*

Webster

*Cities earning first-time certification

Read full press release


2015 Scenic City Certification Program Awards Reception

The Scenic City Certification Program was happy to award the 2015 Certified Scenic Cities their award. Twenty (20) Texas municipalities were awarded Scenic City Certification at a reception on Thursday, September 24 in San Antonio, Texas . Seven are certified for the first time, and 13 are re-certifying their status, bringing the total certified cities in Texas to 58.

 

Anne Culver, Executive Director and Harry Masterson, Scenic Houston Board Chairman
Anne Culver, Executive Director and Harry Masterson, Scenic Houston Board Chairman

 

Claudia Williamson, PGAL
Claudia Williamson, PGAL

 

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20 Texas Cities Earn Scenic City Certification in 2015

The Scenic City Certification Program is happy to announce the 2015 Certified Scenic Cities. Twenty (20) Texas municipalities have been awarded Scenic City Certification. Seven are certified for the first time, and 13 are re-certifying their status, bringing the total certified cities in Texas to 58. Read the full press release here.

Cities earning first-time certification or re-certification in 2015 include:

Bastrop
Belton
College Station
Cuero
Georgetown
Granbury
Grapevine
Horseshoe Bay
Irving
Magnolia
Missouri City
Nassau Bay
Pflugerville
Pilot Point
Prosper
Sealy
South Padre Island
Sugar Land
Westlake
West Lake Hills

 


2015 Scenic City Webinar Recording

 

If you missed our webinar on the Scenic City Certification Program, you can now view it online. Click the link below to hear Anne Culver, President of the Scenic City Certification Program, walk through the application and answer specific questions.

 


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.


Scenic City at TML’s 2015 Elected Officials’ Conference

The Scenic City Certification Program will be a presenter at the 2015 TML Elected Officials’ Conference. A presentation will be held at 3:15 pm on Thursday, February 12th.  Materials on the Scenic City Certification Program will be available.

For more information on the conference (February 12-14), visit: http://tmlelectedofficialsconference.org.


Scenic City Certification Program, August 2014 issue, Texas Town & City

Read our article featured in the August 2014 issue of the Texas Municipal League’s Texas Town & City publication, “Scenic City Certification Supports Economic Development and Quality of Life”.

TCC Article- August 2014


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