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Guest Blog: Scenic City Now Accepting 2019 Applications

By January 17, 2019No Comments
Since 2010, the Scenic City Certification Program has recognized Texas municipalities that implement strong scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. The Program is a project of Scenic Texas, Keep Texas Beautiful, and 15 other statewide Program Partner organizations. Thanks to the solid support of this large base of associations, the Program has certified 75 Texas cities to date.

Official certification can be earned by cities that score in the upper range of points and can verify specific threshold standards for landscaping/tree planting, on-premise sign regulation and prohibition of new billboards. Cities can receive certification in one of five ascending levels: Recognized, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Certification is valid for five years, after which cities may re-apply to retain or improve their status.

City elected officials can learn more about the Scenic City Certification Program at the Elected Officials’ Conference hosted by the Texas Municipal League on February 27 in San Marcos. Anne Culver, Executive Vice President of Scenic Texas, will present an overview of the Program and how this valuable diagnostic tool can help position Texas cities for economic growth. 

Thinking of applying? An additional resource is the Streetscape Resource Guide (SRG), a complimentary supplement to the application. The SRG is a visual compendium of sketched street sections and photographs that illustrate and encourage optimal streetscape design. Successful streetscapes don’t pop out of nowhere, they are the result of clever planning, smart development, and full implementation. Divided into three sections, interested stakeholders can easily reference the SRG for effective techniques that elevate the Pedestrian, Travelway, and Shared realms.

Explore for more information about the Program and to review the 2019 Information and Standards Packet. 

​Blog Post Written By Chris Cantu, Scenic Houston