Scenic City Certification Program

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ScenicCitiesList

The mission of the Scenic City Certification Program is to support and recognize Texas municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. The Scenic City Certification Program provides a proven, highly-regarded tool to Texas cities for assessment, evaluation, and recognition of infrastructure standards.

The evaluation reviews every applicant’s existing ordinance and code language in these areas:

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Any Texas city may apply to the Scenic City Certification Program for an objective, points-based review of existing municipal infrastructure ordinances. Every application receives a score sheet evaluation; cities that score at the upper level and demonstrate a landscaping/tree planting program, on-premise sign regulations, and prohibition of new billboards may earn Certified Scenic City designation.

Best Practices Resource Guide Scenic Texas worked with UT architecture graduate student Samantha Bernacki to thoroughly review the Scenic City Certification Program and author a resource guide to serve as a tool for community leaders and planners. By highlighting best practices of the platinum and gold designated Scenic Cities, the Resource Guide uses case studies intended to help new and recertifying cities visualize the outcomes that specific ordinance and program language can create. The Resource Guide can also be used to help gain support at the municipal level. In many case studies, complicated ideas are unpacked and translated into visuals and narratives that are easy to share and discuss with stakeholders across professions. Click the button below to view the Guide.

Certified Cities

This map showcases the 84 certified Scenic Cities in Texas. Hover over an icon on the map to see a city’s certification level and a description about them.

ARGYLE
308 Denton St E. Argyle, TX 76226

SILVER | Certified in 2019

Argyle’s urban forest plays a crucial role in the livability and sustainability of the town. The town’s trees impact everything from economic development to the overall health and livelihood of the people that live, work, and play in Argyle every day. The Town of Argyle is strategically located within Denton County, one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. Argyle provides its residents with a small-town rural atmosphere with first class style and easy access to many business centers, medical facilities, shopping, entertainment, cultural activities, professional sporting activities, and a convenient commute to regional job centers with its proximity to the DFW Metroplex.

ARLINGTON
101 W Abram St. Arlington, TX 76010

GOLD | Certified in 2019

Arlington’s mission is to make itself a premier City by engaging in visionary planning, building vibrant neighborhoods, and serving their residents, businesses, and visitors. Planners and engineers in the Land Development division help realize the developer’s vision through zoning, platting, and site plan approval.

BASTROP
1311 Chestnut St. Bastrop, TX 78602

In the heart of the Lost Pines, the city of Bastrop values its historic roots and boasts the nickname "The Most Historic Small Town in Texas in Texas" Bastrop is transforming its downtown with a long term Illustrative Vision.
GOLD | Certified in 2015 | Re-Certified in 2021

The Scenic City Certification Program, the first of its kind in the United States, was developed in 2009 and accepted its first applications in 2010.  It recognizes Bastrop and 13 other Texas cities as the vanguard of municipalities in the state that have adopted and maintain superior urban planning and scenic standards.

Bastrop earned high points on the Scenic Texas scale for its ban on inflatable advertising, its adoption of the Colorado River Program and its historic preservation ordinances. 

BAYTOWN
2401 Market St. 77520

The City of Baytown's planning and commitment to pedestrian walkways and community connectivity is exemplary in the Scenic City Certification Program and deemed necessary for residential quality of life and economic benefit.
RECOGNIZED | Newly Certified in 2020

The City of Baytown’s proximity to the Trinity Bay already makes this city a desirable location for an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys kayaking, birding, or fishing. Baytown has demonstrated a commitment to interweaving nature and the built environment with a lively
town square that includes a farmers’ market and a Nurture Nature festival. The City also features one of the largest stay-cable bridges in the world. In the Scenic City Program’s streetscape enhancement section that includes trees, landscaping, and sidewalks, Baytown ensured that sidewalks were at a proper ADA compliance and that they are maintained in good condition and have pedestrian buffers with a minimum width of two feet. This kind of planning and commitment to pedestrian walkways
and community connectivity is exemplary in the Scenic City Certification Program and deemed necessary for residential quality of life and economic benefit.

BEAUMONT
801 Main Street, Beaumont, TX

Strong landscaping ordinances and a $500,000 Beautification plan set Beaumont apart along with completed median plantings throughout the city. Calder Street is the City's first "Complete Street" incorporating street trees, buried utilities, brick sidewalks, bike lanes and decorative lighting.
BRONZE | Certified in 2014 | Re-Certified in 2019

BEDFORD
2000 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, TX 76021

Understanding that the more a community does to enhance its unique set of assets -- whether natural, man-made or cultural - the better positioned it will be for growth, the City of Bedford is currently in an era of revitalization and rebranding, balanced with planned economic growth, geared around enhancement of public roadways and public spaces.
BRONZE | Certified in 2017

Understanding that the more a community does to enhance its unique set of assets — whether natural, man-made or cultural – the better positioned it will be for growth, the Scenic City assessment took note that the city of Bedford is currently in an era of revitalization and rebranding, balanced with planned economic growth, geared around enhancement of public roadways and public spaces.  As a result, Bedford earned its Bronze Scenic City certification.

BEE CAVE
400 Galleria Parkway, Bee Cave, Texas 7838

As one aspect of meeting its stated mission to offer a balanced and progressive vision for future development and growth. Bee Cave has folded its participation in the Scenic City program into its Comprehensive Plan process its Scenic City assessment made particular note of the City's impressive design standards and well-articulated sign ordinance.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2016 | Recertified in 2021

Just southeast of Austin, Bee Cave is home to almost 8,000 residents over 8.5 square miles. The Town of Bee Cave, formerly the
Village of Bee Cave, was founded in 1987. Bee Cave was named after colonies of Mexican honeybees in the area. Bee Cave has
always made preserving and enhancing nature a core value. Their first sign control ordinance was passed only ten years after its
founding in 1997. The city council passed this ordinance to prevent Bee Cave from becoming “a high-way passthrough area.” Bee
Cave has been intentional about nurturing a strong sense of place that is founded on establishing protective measures against
standardization. This is relevant to both on and off premises signage. Through preserving the health and visibility of the Hill Country
landscape that surrounds Bee Cave, the area stands out as a desirable place to live and spend time. The sign codes the city has in place
help to maximize utility of the signs while preventing clutter and ineffective signage.
Because of the early implementation of sign ordinances, the town only has 5 billboards and other non-conforming signs. There is also
an ordinance in place that prevents repair to the remaining billboards if the repair is to more than 60% of the structure, or costs more
than 60% of its total value. Bee Cave city employees have also found that developers and business owners know and understand the
codes very well because of the consistent standards overtime.

BELTON
333 Water St. Belton, TX 76513

Belton embraces its heritage and celebrates historic preservation. The city preserves trees, places plantings and parks in its detention areas, and has a vibrant adopt-a-street program.
GOLD | Certified in 2010| Re-Certified in 2015 | Second Re-Certification in 2020

Belton earned high points on the Scenic Texas scale for its six protected historic districts, its regulation of on-premises signage and its prohibition of above-ground utilities. Belton is creating an environment where its citizens can enjoy a higher quality of life and its businesses find it easier to attract customers and employees. This is a win-win situation for the city, its residents and for the promise of future development.  

 

BENBROOK
11 Winscott Rd, Benbrook, TX 76126

Benbrook was recognized as a Scenic City largely for its strong streetscape landscaping criteria and thoughtful sign regulations. Its Scenic City certification is a strong complement to the Certificate for Planning Excellence awarded by the American Planning Association in 2015
GOLD | Certified in 2011 | Re-Certified in 2016 | 2nd Re-Certification in 2021

Benbrook has a population of 24,000. The town is 12.1 square miles, which is equal to 7,744 acres. Of the 7,744 acres, 1,069 is
parkland. 125 acres of the parkland is developed into amenities. Almost 14% of Benbrook is parkland. Benbrook is home to Dutch
Branch Park. Dutch Branch Park is in the middle of the city, so it is highly accessible to residents. It is seen as the focal point of the
city and has had enormous influence on the sense of place of Benbrook. Along with Dutch Branch Park, there are 7 other parks within
the town limits.

BUDA
121 Main St Buda, TX

This city has special appeal and that's not by accident. Its Scenic City assessment recognized innovative landscaping standards, five special districts all with distinct design guidelines and appreciation for its historic heritage. This small city meets the high standard of 10 acres of park per 1,000 citizens.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2011 | Re-Certified in 2016 | 2nd Re-Certification in 2021

Buda exemplifies the idea that by implementing strong scenic standards citizens can enjoy a higher quality of life and businesses find it easier to attract customers and employees. This is a win-win situation for these cities, their residents and for the promise of future quality of life and economic development.

BULVERDE
30360 Cougar Bend, Bulverde, TX 78163

The City of Bulverde is very intentional about evaluating its infrastructure standards and then devising a methodology to build upon them. Bulverde is hard at work to incorporate best practices into its landscape ordinance, sign regulations and park development. This thoughtful planning bore fruit!
SILVER | Certified in 2017

Bulverde was a new participant in the Scenic City Certification Program this year.  Bulverde was evaluated on its infrastructure standards, resulting in its Silver certification.  Bulverde is hard at work to incorporate best practices into its landscape ordinance, sign regulations and park development. 

CEDAR HILL
285 Uptown Blvd. Cedar Hill, TX 75104

Cedar Hill places a high emphasis on parks and greenspaces, managing and maintaining 32 park properties, including six community parks, 17 neighborhood parks, one special purpose park, three nature preserves and four greenbelts. Cedar Hill has also established standards that highlight the city's historic district.
GOLD | Certified in 2011 | Re-Certified in 2016 | 2nd Re-Certification in 2021

Scenic City Certification signifies Cedar Hill’s strong commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces.

CEDAR PARK
450 Cypress Creek Road Cedar Park, TX 78613

Cedar Park has strict regulations regarding the upkeep and protection of Heritage Trees. It also maintains the Cedar Park Conserves program which educates citizens on water management and supply, solid waste and recycling, energy, transportation and mobility, air, land use and community planning.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2012 | Re-Certified in 2017

Cedar Park was first certified in 2012.  In recertifying the city, Scenic Texas took note of Bastrop’s dedication to its history and its efforts to revitalize its downtown area. In addition, Bastrop’s preservation of its historic landmarks and the city’s adoption of a long-term Illustrative Vision for the transformation of downtown all supported Bastrop achieving recertification. Scenic City Certification shines a light on Cedar Park’s strong commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces. This recognition is intended to support cities that have a long-range vision, and we hope it incentivizes other cities to follow Cedar Park’s example.

CELINA
141 North Ohio Street, Celina, TX, USA

Celina is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. with a population of only 1,861 people in 2000, Celina is on pace for over 350,000 people within the next two decades. The City's recently revised zoning/landscape developments on a 78 square mile blank canvas.
PLATINUM | Newly Certified in 2020

CIBOLO
200 S Main Street, Cibolo, TX 78108

Dubbed the "City of Choice," Cibolo can connect its strong infrastructure standards -- landscape guidelines, graffiti and litter ordinances and solid sign regulations -- directly to its economic development success. In so doing, Cibolo is shaping a distinctive sense of place and community character.
GOLD | Certified in 2016 | Re-Certified in 2021

Cibolo can connect its strong infrastructure standards — landscape guidelines, graffiti and litter ordinances and solid sign regulations — directly to its economic development success.  In so doing, Cibolo is shaping a distinctive sense of place and community character.

COLLEYVILLE
100 Main Street, Colleyville, Texas 76034

Colleyville has many parks that show off the city's beauty. Such as McPherson Park, which has a unique combination of historical buildings and park facilities along with the only public wind sculptures in a Texas park. The city maintains an impressive nature center for public use including ponds, extensive trails, and an outdoor amphitheater for outdoor education classes.
SILVER | Certified in 2012 | Re-Certified in 2017

Earning its second Silver Scenic City Certification, Colleyville demonstrated that it embraces a responsible and forward-looking vision for its public roadways and public spaces.  Operating under a 2035 Comprehensive Plan, Colleyville’s Scenic City assessment demonstrated that the city focuses on neighborhood preservation, community character, economic resilience, increased amenities and improved public services, with particular emphasis on its vision for Colleyville Boulevard. 

CORINTH
3300 Corinth Pkwy Corinth, TX

Corinth received full points for its off-premise sign regulations. It also has stringent on-premise sign control and requires that all utilities be underground.
SILVER | Certified in 2014 | Re-Certified in 2021

Corinth was noted for instituting a xeriscape ordinance and planting guide, providing incentives if private detention and retention ponds are designed as amenities and for strong standards for landscaping, especially landscaping in parking lots.

CUERO
212 E. Main St, Cuero, Texas 77954

Cuero is a growing city dedicated to preserving its cultural historical and natural character in 2015. Cuero developed a United Development Code to bring its built environment in line with the community's long term vision.
GOLD | Certified in 2015 | Re-Certified in 2020

Scenic City Certification shines a light on Cuero’s strong commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces. This recognition is intended to support cities that have a long-range vision, and we hope it incentivizes other cities to follow Cuero’s example.  

DAYTON
117 Cook St. Dayton, TX 77535

RECOGNIZED | Certified in 2019

DENTON
215 E McKinney St. Denton, TX 76201

Denton boasts eight special purpose and overlay districts with strong unity of design standards. The impressive Main Street Program preserves and markets the downtown area as a community treasure.
GOLD | Certified in 2014 | Re-Certified in 2019

Denton first applied to the program in 2015, being certified as Bronze and reapplied in 2016, ranking up to Gold certification. The City boasts eight special purpose and overlay districts with strong unity of design standards. The impressive Main Street Program preserves and markets the downtown area as a community treasure. 

DRIPPING SPRINGS
511 W Mercer St. Dripping Springs, TX 78620

The Scenic City assessment took note of Dripping Springs being the first international Dark Sky Community in Texas. It was also one of the first cities in the state to adopt a Conservation Design Subdivision Ordinance to preserve hallmark scenic vistas.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2014 | Re-Certified in 2019

Dripping Springs received full credit on the bonus section. This was partially because of their International Dark Sky Community
designation (IDA). In Dripping Springs, the movement towards adopting a lighting ordinance was citizen-led beginning in 2000. A
Dripping Springs resident, John Gregory, “who had been the chief engineer of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory and
owned an optical and telescope equipment consulting, design, and fabricating firm”47 introduced the idea to the community.

Since 2000, the community has fully supported the Dark Sky
Community designation and the ordinances it includes. Dripping
Springs was the 6 city in the world to become an IDA, and the 1 in
Texas. Being a Dark Sky Community has helped the City of Dripping
Springs maintain their scenic beauty and rural charm. The city is also
supportive of the scientific studies on the health and safety risks of
certain lighting devices. Many residents participate in star gazing. The
lighting ordinances are adapted every few years to maintain the most
up-to-date lighting standards that preserve the night sky and comply
with the Dark Sky Community designation.

DUNCANVILLE
203 E Wheatland Rd. Duncanville, TX 75116

Situated just minutes from both downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth, Duncanville offers the repose of a small town while maintaining vital access to everything that makes DFW what it is today.
BRONZE | Certified in 2018

The origin of Duncanville can be traced as far back as 1840, with the community’s beginning as a small settlement. It was not until some forty years later, with the construction of the Chicago, Texas and Mexican Central Railroad connecting Dallas and Cleburne, that Duncanville began to emerge as a town. The coming of the railroad to Duncanville changed the community. The railroad line connecting Dallas to Cleburne was to be completed no later than April 15, 1881. With time running short to complete the railroad on time, a shortened method of railroad construction was adopted at an open field owned by James R. Horne and G.H. Finley. Doing this allowed the railroad to arrive in Cleburne two hours ahead of the deadline, and a switching station was later built in the open field. It was called Duncan Switch. In 1881, Charles Nance arrived by
train at Duncan Switch to visit his sister, Mrs. William Horne. Finding the area much to his liking and envisioning a bright future for this part of Dallas County, Mr. Nance made the decision to stay in this area. He formed a partnership with Chris Horne, purchased a lot from G.H. Finely for fifty dollars, and built the first building, Nance Brothers, at Duncan Switch. In August of 1881, Nance forwarded a petition to the Post Office Department in Washington, D.C. to establish a post office. Residents at that time were receiving their mail at post offices in Cedar Hill, Wheatland, or Jim Town. His application was returned with directions to choose a different name, because there was already a post office in
Jasper County with the name of Duncan. There had been individuals in the community who had refused to sign Nance’s original petition and many others who were hard to convince, so Nance simply added “ville” to Duncan, The petition was returned to Washington and, in early October 1881, he received the order to open the new post office under the name Duncanville.

EDINBURG
Edinburg City Hall, 415 W University Dr. Edinburg, TX 78539, USA

Edinburg is a newly certified Scenic City that excelled in all 10 of the program's high-quality visual standards. This city shines in landscaping and tree protection ordinances as a designated Tree City USA, by the Arbor Day Foundation, a distinction only two others have achieved in the Rio Grande Valley's four-county region.
GOLD | Certified in 2021

EL CAMPO
315 E. Jackson, El Campo, TX 77437

Before ever applying to the Scenic City program. El Campo was very intentional about evaluating its infrastructure standards and then devising a methodology to build upon them. Such as, consultations with other cities to incorporate best practices into its landscape ordinance, sign regulations and park development.
GOLD | Certified in 2016 | Re-Certified in 2021

In 1882 a railroad camp was located where El Campo now stands. The camp was first named “Prairie Switch” and then “Pearl of the Prairie” but was later changed by the Mexican Cowboys to “El Campo” which means “the camp” in Tex‐Mex. Ranching was the main industry, and thousands of cattle were shipped annually. At that time El Campo was surrounded  by  four  large  ranches;  to the  north was  the Brown Ranch;  to  the 
south  was  the  Texas  Land  and  Cattle Company;  to  the  west  was  the  Herder Ranch;  and  to  the  east  was  the  Pierce Ranch. El  Campo  was  incorporated  in  1905.  The  City  of  El  Campo has been the result of a steady and continual growth  by  citizens  who  came  and  saw the great possibilities that El Campo has 

to offer. 

FAIRVIEW
372 Town PL, Fairview, TX 75069

Fairview earned nearly full certifcation points in every evaluation category. The Scenic City Certification Program took particular note of historical sites that are maintained throughout the town, with focus on the railroad route that once ran through Fairview. Impressively, all town construction projects must include public art.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2011 | Re-Certified in 2016 | 2nd Re-Certification in 2021

Fairview is a city that stretches over 9 square miles and is home to 9,770 people. The City of Fairview is dedicated to maintaining
a streetscape that is authentic, sustainable, and pedestrian friendly. The local government accomplishes this through strong
ordinance language that aims to prevent tree removal, create an extensive trail system, and to provide development patterns that align
with the vision of the community.

FLOWER MOUND
2121 Cross Timbers Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

Located north of Dallas, Flower Mound, has established city ordinances that help enhance this town's beauty. Such as an ordinance that prohibits all digital signage, parks that have an extensive, well-marked trail system and specifically prohibits moving vehicular signage.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2010 | Re-Certified in 2014 | Second Re-Certification in 2019

FOREST HILL
3219 E California Pkwy, Forest Hll, TX 76119

RECOGNIZED | Certified in 2019

Forest Hill today is a culturally diverse city with an array of different interests. It is nestled in South Tarrant County, conveniently located on the I-20 corridor, providing close and easy access to Fort Worth and the larger DFW Metroplex area. Forest Hill is still needed in a post oak woodland with some undeveloped meadows and natural areas remainining. It features a creek and wetlands corridor that strays through three of its existing parks. Though there is a diverse community with many interests, one thing is clear: the city and the citizens want to preserve and restore the cities natural areas, parks and history.

FORT WORTH
1000 Throckmorton, Ft. Worth, TX 76102

Fort Worth exemplifies a city employing vision, management and control to protect the features that make it so special. Its local policies, as assessed by the Scenic City program, shape the growth and development that in turn drive economic development. Fort Worth embraces its Western culture and heritage, treasures and cares for the Trinity River, conserves and enhances its public spaces, and celebrates design, character and livability.
GOLD | Certified in 2016 | Re-Certified in 2021

Fort Worth is a city located in Northern Texas with a population of 874,401. The city is 356 square miles, making Fort Worth the largest city to rank gold in the SCCP. Fort Worth recertified their gold ranking in 2021. The city received a perfect score on the Litter and Graffiti visual tenet as well as the Dumpster Screening visual tenet. In addition to the residents of Forth Worth, thousands more commute for work daily. The city also attracts 1.5 million tourists each year. With thousands of people moving around the city per day, litter and graffiti is often inevitable. The tactics that Fort Worth uses to address litter and graffiti keep Forth Worth looking clean and lively.

 

Fort Worth attests the successful management of litter and graffiti to the multilevel approaches their local government takes, and the partnerships that make the process a collective effort. To tackle litter and graffiti, the city uses a combination of funding, incentives, and enforcement. There are also a variety of community- led programs and events that help to keep Fort Worth so clean. The community buy-in that Fort Worth has established with their residents makes managing litter and graffiti efforts accomplishable.

 

To create and maintain a collective vision to control litter in Fort Worth, the city has dedicated a chapter of the Environmental Master Plan to controlling litter. The master plan can be found at: https://www.fortworthtexas.gov/files/assets/public/code-compliance/env/documents/code-environmental-emp-environmental-master-plan-chapter-6-litter-control-2021.pdf. The litter control chapter includes a graphic, displayed below, that explains why supporting clean up initiatives is important. Fort Worth believes that educating the public through providing outreach and resources is a key factor of maintaining litter and graffiti in the area.

FRIENDSWOOD
416 S Friendswood Dr Friends Dr Friendswood, TX

The Scenic City assessment took note of Friendswood's strong on-premise and off-premise signage standards, strong unity of design standards and strict prohibition on dumping. These qualities make Friendswood a standout city.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2014 | Re-Certified in 2019

The City of Friendswood is located 40 minutes south of Houston, Texas. The population is 42,000 and the city stretches over 21.2
square miles. In recent years, the city has experienced a lot of major developments. The developments are expected to continue into
the coming years. Friendswood has used this opportunity to shape the developments to fit their populations vision for the city. This
year, the city’s Keep Friendswood Beautiful chapter is working with TxDOT to install sidewalks and upgraded lighting along the main
street of the city, 518.
Friendswood received a perfect score in the Landscaping visual tenet sections of the application. The Landscaping visual tenet directly
relates to section 6 and section 7 of the SCCP application. Friendswood has been a Scenic City since 2014. They certified as bronze
their first year. During their recertification in 2019, Friendswood was able to certify as platinum. Friendswood used the SCCP
application, and other scenic cities, as models to recraft their own ordinance language.

FRISCO
6101 Frisco Square Blvd Frisco, Texas 75034

Frisco's dedication to maintaining green space is among the many qualities that make it a model Scenic City. The Scenic City assessment took special note of the City's Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Their well thought out plan shows the importance of urban pathways connecting to their green spaces, which is an aspect that is becoming more important every day.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2011 | Re-Certified in 2016 | 2nd Re-Certification in 2020

Frisco, Texas is in Northern Texas. Within almost 70 square miles, the population of Frisco is 268,771. The town has experienced a
steady increase in population since 2000 when the outdoor mall opened at the town center. The City of Frisco received a perfect score
for the Utility and Cable Line visual tenet. The score was ultimately achieved through strong ordinance language that prioritizes
protecting the future of Frisco. The city has an Engineering Standards Guide that is provided to the parties involved in a new construction project. The guide can be found here.

The Engineering Standards guide helps the city to inform developers about standards including utility and cable line expectations.
This has prevented the submission of non-conforming construction plans to the city. The guide includes requirements that are specific
to many of the visual tenets promoted by the SCCP. Part 3, “Execution” pertains to the Utility and Cable Line visual tenet. Providing
clear and comprehensive information to the community has been instrumental in Frisco’s efforts to maintain visual standards. The city
conducts construction inspections to ensure the plans align with the city’s standards.

GEORGETOWN
113 E. 8th St. Georgetown, TX 78626

Georgetown, located in Central Texas, is a city with urban style and southern charm! Centered around a beautiful town square, the city has a strong public arts program and its award winning Sidewalk Master Plan outlines projects for the next 10 years.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2010 | Re-Certified in 2015 | Second Re-Certification 2020

There are four National Register Historic Districts in Georgetown: Williamson County Courthouse Historic District, Belford Historic District, University Avenue/Elm Street Historic District, and the Olive Street Historic District. The Williamson County Courthouse Historic District Georgetown serves as the “Public Square”. It has been the commercial and cultural heart of the city since the original 52‐block grid of uniform lots and blocks was marked off and offered for sale on July 4, 1848. Georgetown’s Scenic City Certification demonstrates its commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces. This enhances Georgetown’s image which in turn drives economic development.

GRANBURY
116 W Bridge St. Granbury, TX 76048

Granbury's motto is "Where Texas History Lives" and is committed to the preservation of its historic landmarks. Granbury has two historic overlay districts and a Historic Preservation Commission. In addition, Granbury's landscaping ordinance requires tree preservation and plantings in all parking lots.
GOLD | Certified in 2010 | Re-Certified in 2015 | Second Re-Certification in 2020

This city has done an exemplary job of balancing the built environment with nature, working in harmony to everyone’s benefit. These are also traits of a resilient city. So while other cities and communities struggled to offer their citizens greenspace and beautiful vistas this year during a pandemic, Granbury already had streetscapes, parks, trails and public spaces, on-premises sign ordinance, landscaping in parking lots, protection of landscaping during construction activities, and programs against litter and graffiti.

GRAPEVINE
200 S. Main St. Grapevine, TX 76051

Grapevine's motto is "aged to perfection" This city between Dallas and Fort Worth boasts an Historic Main Street and expansive parks, trails and open spaces that attracts visitors from afar each year - in part to visit the growing number of wineries in the are!
SILVER | Certified in 2011 | Re-Certified in 2015 | Second Re-Certification in 2020

Grapevine was first certified in 2011 at the Recognized level. In recertifying and upgrading the city as Silver, Scenic Texas took note of Grapevine’s Historic Main Street, its expansive parks, trails and open space system, and its improvements to its landscaping ordinances. Grapevine’s Scenic City Certification demonstrates its commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces. This enhances Grapevine’s image which in turn drives economic development.

HEATH
200 Laurance Drive Heath, Texas 75032

Heath has a growing trail system and two high-amenity municipal parks, including one that incorporates the Lake Ray Hubbard shoreline. Groomed trails serve as pedestrian walkways in place of concrete sidewalks. Its well-conceived Sign Code ensures that business and wayfinding signage compliment - and don't dominate - the built and landscaped environments.
GOLD | Certified in 2011 | Re-Certified in 2016 | 2nd Re-Certification in 2021

Located on the east side of Lake Ray Hubbard, the City of Heath is fortune to have the benefits of proximity to Dallas, while enjoying a small town atmosphere and a strong sense of community. During the City’s comprehensive planning processes in 1996 and 2001, citizens expressed a general appreciation for the lifestyle enjoyed by living in Heath. The desire for a community focal point, in the form of a mixed-use Towne Center, was also expressed as a means of giving the community more of a “soul.”

HORSESHOE BAY
1 Community Dr. Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657

Horseshoe Bay is a unique town with no existing billboards and a stringent on-premise sign ordinance. The City also boasts underground power lines to preserve its small town appeal.
GOLD | Certified in 2010 | Re-Certified in 2015 | Second Re-Certification in 2020

Horseshoe Bay is the first city ever to have earned Scenic City certification three times, having first been certified in 2010, upgraded in 2011 and again in 2017, earning Gold certification.   Horseshoe Bay’s assessment noted the city allows no billboards and its infrastructure plan requires all power lines be buried underground.  Points were also awarded because Horseshoe Bay works to protect the night skies for present and future generations through its membership in the International Dark Sky Association. 

HOUSTON
901 Bagby Houston, TX 77002

Houston has strong standards to enhance the visual character of its steetscapes including sign regulation and landscaping. It places an emphasis on establishing and protecting parks, trails and open spaces. Houston also has clearly-stated unity of design standards and firm prohibition on the conversion of existing non-electronic billboards to digital format.
SILVER | Certified in 2013 | Re-Certified in 2017

Houston earned its second Silver Scenic City certification in 2017, with a strong showing in terms of its codes and ordinances that support public infrastructure, parks, trails, open spaces, and sign regulation, all of which shape high quality public roadways and public spaces.   And its Scenic City assessment took note of the planned Complete Communities program to revitalize under-resourced areas while allowing residents to stay in their neighborhood. 

HUTTO
401 W Front St. Hutto, TX 78634

Honoring its historic heritage Hutto has devised special pedestrian-friendly downtown district signage. The city boasts the Green Hutto initiative, aimed at community awareness of environmental issues - which reflects the city's character and sense of place.
GOLD | Certified in 2011 | Re-Certified in 2016 | 2nd Re-Certification in 2021

Hutto exemplifies the idea that by implementing strong scenic standards citizens can enjoy a higher quality of life and businesses find it easier to attract customers and employees. This is a win-win situation for these cities, their residents and for the promise of future quality of life and economic development.

IRVING
825 W Irving Blvd, Irving, TX 75060

Irving is dedicated to strong unity of design standards that drive growth and quality of life. In addition, Irving is a designated Tree City USA and requires landscaping and tree plantings along all its major roadways, medians and parking lots.
SILVER | Certified in 2010 | Re-Certified in 2015 | Second Re-Certification in 2020

Irving’s Scenic City Certification demonstrates its commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces. This enhances Irving’s image which in turn drives economic development.

KELLER
1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller TX 76248

Keller located in the Dallas-Fort Worth areas, has many noteworthy standards noted by the Scenic City assessment. Its ordinances prohibit above ground utilities, requires that dumpsters be screened by plants and has a tree replacement ordinance.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2010 | Re-Certified in 2014 | Second Certification in 2019

Scenic Texas took note of Keller’s Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program, and its Tree City USA recognition, along with its strong design standards, its strong ordinances for protecting landscaping during construction activity, and its ordinance to veneer exposed concrete of detention ponds facing adjacent roadways and neighboring properties.

LA VERNIA
102 Chihuahua E. La Vernia, TX 78121

La Vernia has many features that make it a great scenic city. Such as, offering a facade improvement reimbursement program to any business in city, exposed concrete of detention ponds facing adjacent roadways and neighboring properties are required to be veneered with rock, brick, or other approved material and strong landscaping ordinances.
BRONZE | Certified in 2014 | Re-Certified in 2019

Scenic Texas took note of La Vernia’s façade improvement reimbursement program—in which they will use a portion of the economic development sales tax to restore the fronts of existing buildings— and its ordinance to veneer exposed concrete of detention ponds facing adjacent roadways and neighboring properties.

LAGO VISTA
5803 Thunderbird Drive

Lago Vista thrives in the rolling splendor of the Texas Hill Country on the north shore of Lake Travis. Lago Vista's mission is to create a vibrant community that works to preserve and maintain the natural beauty through thoughtful economic growth, infrastructure projects and Dark Sky ordinances.
GOLD | Certified in 2019

LAKEWAY
1102 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Lakeway, TX 78734

Lakeway is a small, tightly knit community located in Travis county. To maintain its beauty the city requires screening of detention ponds with dense vegetation and require exposed concrete facing roadways to be covered with veneered rock, brick or other material. Lakeway also has a strong unity of design standards and requires screening of dumpsters.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2014 | Re-Certified in 2019

Lakeway is one of 15 cities in the state to earn first-time or upgraded certification for the 2014-2019 period and, overall, one of 52 towns and cities statewide that have earned certification since 2010. This is a great compliment to Lakeway staff and elected officials, both past and present, that have worked hard to enforce and improve our zoning and building ordinances. It is also a great compliment to Lakeway’s citizens who continue to expect nothing less than the highest standards of growth management from their elected officials.

LANCASTER
211 N Henry St. Lancaster, TX 75146

As one aspect of meeting its stated mission to offer a balanced and progressive vision for future development and growth. Lancaster has folded its participation in the Scenic City program into its overall planning process. Its Scenic City assessment made particular note of the City's impressive design standards and well-articulated street landscaping ordinance.
GOLD | Certified in 2017

As one aspect of meeting its stated mission to offer a balanced and progressive vision for future development and growth, Lancaster has folded its participation in the Scenic City program into its overall planning process. Its Scenic City assessment made particular note of the City’s impressive design standards and well-articulated street landscaping ordinance. Scenic City Certification shines a light on Lancaster’s strong commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces. This recognition is intended to support cities that have a long-range vision, and we hope it incentivizes other cities to follow Lancaster’s example.

LEAGUE CITY
300 W Walker St. League City, TX 77573

SILVER | Certified in 2019

LEON VALLEY
6400 El Verde Rd. Leon Valley, TX 78238

The City of Leon Valley has a well-crafted comprehensive Master Plan and Capital Improvements Plan. Both programs integrate streetscape and sidewalk enhancements to project a positive image to both residents and visitors of the City of Leon Valley.
BRONZE | Certified in 2017

Leon Valley earned the Bronze distinction in its first year of participation in the Scenic City Certification Program.  The Scenic City assessment made note of the city’s well-crafted comprehensive Master Plan and Capital Improvements Plan. Both programs integrate streetscape and sidewalk enhancements to project a positive image to both residents and visitors of the City of Leon Valley. Scenic City Certification shines a light on Leon Valley’s strong commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces. This recognition is intended to support cities that have a long-range vision, and we hope it incentivizes other cities to follow Leon Valley’s example.

LITTLE ELM
100 West Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm, TX 75068

SILVER | Certified in 2018

LUCAS
665 Country Club Rd. Lucas TX 75002

Lucas is a growing, vibrant community that maintains a small-town atmosphere. Lucas' Comprehensive Plan is the basis for the City's strong showing in terms of public infrastructure, parks and open spaces, and sign regulation that shape high quality public roadways and public spaces.
RECOGNIZED | Certified in 2017

A first-time participant in the Scenic City Certification Program, Lucas emerged from its Scenic City assessment with Recognized certification.  Its Comprehensive Plan contributed to the City’s strong showing in terms of public infrastructure, parks and open spaces, and sign regulation that shape high quality public roadways and public spaces. Scenic City Certification shines a light on Lucas’ strong commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces. This recognition is intended to support cities that have a long-range vision, and we hope it incentivizes other cities to follow Lucas’ example.

MAGNOLIA
18111 Buddy Riley Boulevard, Magnolia, TX, USA

Magnolia values its heritage and natural features. The city has a vibrant downtown area with extensive landscaping along its public streets and right-of-ways. In addition, Magnolia's Unity Park is both a destination for locals and a wildlife preserve.
RECOGNIZED | Certified in 2015 | Re-Certified in 2020

Magnolia’s Scenic City Certification demonstrates its commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces. This enhances Magnolia’s image which in turn drives economic development.

MANOR
105 E. Eggleston St. Manor, TX 78653

The City of Manor Strives to promote Community spirit through the preservation of our unique character and heritage, while fostering a dynamic economic environment.
GOLD | Certified in 2018 | Ranked up in 2021

MANSFIELD
200 E Broad St. Mansfield, TX 76083

Mansfield boasts a historic preservation ordinance and earned high marks for parks, trails and high-impact public spaces. Understanding that freeway corridors are often the first impression of Mansfield, the city prohibits metal buildings or outside storage units within 300 feet of a freeway.
GOLD | Certified in 2011 | Re-Certified in 2016 | 2nd Re-Certification in 2021

City of Mansfield adopted the 2002 Parks, Open Spaces and Trails
Master Plan. Since the adoption of that plan, the City Council, the Mansfield Park Facilities Development Corporation (MPFDC), and the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) have been very successful in improving the quality of life in Mansfield. Some of these successes include the development of a Business Plan for park facilities development, the creation of the much-loved Walnut Creek Linear Park, the attraction of Hawaiian Falls and Big League Dreams, and the achievement of winning the 2009 Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks & Recreational Management.1 This distinguishes Mansfield as being the best city of its size for parks and recreation in Texas and causes other cities in North Texas to look to Mansfield as an example of a premier parks and recreation system.
In Mansfield, the successes of the past form a foundation for the achievements of the future. While building on success means improving upon the already excellent quality of parks, open spaces, and trails and expanding these facilities and spaces across the entire City, it also means providing new opportunities and possibilities to enrich the lives of
current and future Mansfield citizens. Building on success means looking beyond the traditional concept of a parks and recreation system and realizing that the success of a system is strongly connected to the engineering, planning, and economic development decisions made by the City. Building on success requires creating a City for people through Mansfield’s parks, streetscapes, open spaces, and development patterns.

MARBLE FALLS
800 3rd St. Marble Falls, TX 78654

The Scenic City assessment made note of this hill country hub city's innovative Historic Downtown Landscaping program. Both programs integrate streetscape enhancements to project a positive image while honoring the city's heritage.
GOLD | Certified in 2016 | Re-Certified early in 2020

MCALLEN
1300 Houston Avenue McAllen, TX 78501

McAllen has had several progressive initiatives through the years. These include a citywide graffiti removal program to remove graffiti free of charge - even on private property; a thoughtful historic preservation program and the development of stormwater detention facilities to mitigate flooding.
SILVER | Certified in 2011 | Re-Certified in 2014 | Second Re-Certification in 2021

MCKINNEY
222 N. Tennessee St. McKinney, TX 75069

The City of McKinney has strong standards to enhance the visual character of its streetscapes, including sign regulation, landscaping and lighting standards. It also places an emphasis on establishing and protecting parks, trails and open spaces.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2013 | Re-Certified in 2018

McKinney, Texas has a population of 200,000. McKinney is almost 68 square miles. The city received a perfect score for the park,
trails, and public space visual tenet. McKinney has 3,000 acres of park between their 45 parks and 60 miles of trails. The city also has
four recreation centers, including one for elders, four pools, and a municipal golf course. In addition, McKinney has a soccer complex
with frisbee golf and cricket fields. The cricket fields are installed in place of some soccer fields during a part of the year. The decision
to install cricket infrastructure was based on community input and the recent increase of the Indian population in McKinney.

MESQUITE
757 N. Galloway Ave. Mesquite, TX 75149

The Scenic City assessment took note of the Mesquite's specific design standards for the entire city. The city also meets the national standard of 10 acres of park per 1000 people and has no existing billboards.
GOLD | Certified in 2010 | Re-Certified in 2014 | Second Re-Certification in 2019

MISSOURI CITY
1522 Texas Pkwy, Missouri City, TX 77489

Missouri City was one of the first participants in the Scenic City program in its first year, 2010. Already a city that implemented strong ordinances pertaining to its public spaces and streetscapes. Missouri City has used the 360 analysis it received as part of its Scenic City application, to improve and strengthen its ordinances and programs.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2010 | Re-Certified in 2015 | Second Re-Certification in 2020

NACOGDOCHES
202 East Pilar Street, Nacogdoches, TX 75961

Nacogdoches is considered one of the most historic towns in Texas and offers a wide variety of attractions for visitors. It is nestled right at the intersection of the historic El Camion Real de los Tejas and the La Calle del Norte and still attracts people from all over the world, just like it did in the 1800s when Nacogdoches was considered the gateway to Texas.
RECOGNIZED | Certified in 2018

NASSAU BAY
1800 Space Park Drive, Nassau Bay, TX, USA

Nassau Bay is a small waterfront community between Houston and Galveston that is charting new horizons for its future grown and quality of life. The city has taken great strides to protect its watershed, Lake Nassau, through an erosion control project which also provides additional habitat space for aquatic wildlife and plants.
BRONZE | Certified in 2015 | Re-Certified in 2020

NOLANVILLE
101 North 5th Street, Nolanville, TX 76559

The City of Nolanville is a growing, vibrant community that maintains a small-town atmosphere. Its Comprehensive Plan is the basis for the city's strong showing in terms of public infrastructure, parks/open space, and sign regulation that shape high quality public roadways and public spaces.
GOLD | Certified in 2016 | Re-Certified in 2021

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS
7301 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills, TX 76180

North Richland Hills earned nearly full certification points in every evaluation category, demonstrating a commitment to create positive, high-impact first impressions of its public roadways and public spaces. North Richland Hills is also dedicated to honoring its historic legacy and has invested in infrastructure installations.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2011 | Re-Certified in 2016 | 2nd Re-Certification in 2021

PEARLAND
3519 Liberty Dr, Pearland, TX 77581

Pearland has notable green features that include clearly stated and enforceable streetscape landscape requirements and meeting the recommended standards of 10 acres of parkland per 1000 residents. The City also has a historic district with specially-made signage to enhance its historic ambience.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2011 | Re-Certified in 2016 | 2nd Re-Certification in 2021

Pearland, Texas is 46.3 square miles and has 125,848 residents. Pearland is located outside of Houston. The City of Pearland requires dumpster enclosures on all dumpsters. The enclosures must be
approved by the city before they are constructed. A building permit will only be granted once the enclosure complies. The city requires the enclosure to be constructed of durable material and that there be incorporated landscaping around the parameter. The fence must be facing away from the sidewalk if the dumpster is located near one.
In 2020, Pearland created a new position within the city government. The position is an inspector. The inspector is one designated person that is responsible for ensuring compliance with city code. The City of Pearland decided to assign one person to the position to create
consistency with code compliance through the city. If the inspector locates a non-conforming enclosure, or a location that does not have an enclosure, they report to the planning department.

PFLUGERVILLE
100 East Main St. Pflugerville, TX 78660

Pflugerville just north of Austin is #20 on Money Magazines list of best places to live in the U.S.! Pflugerville has an extensive parks, trails and open space system and strong unity of design standards for its businesses.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2011 | Re-Certified in 2015 | Second Re-Certification in 2020

PHARR
118 S. Cage Blvd. Pharr, TX 78577

Pharr has created the Landscape Partnership Program (LPP), which can serve as a model for other cities in the RIo Grande Valley. Working with local businesses and corporate partners, Phar has transformed high-traffic locations with streetscape plantings and lighting to promote teamwork, enhance neighborhoods and build civic pride.
SILVER | Certified in 2016 | Re-Certified in 2021

PILOT POINT
102 E Main St. Pilot Point, TX 76258

Pilot Point is the oldest settlement in Denton County. The city has a lively downtown area and its commercial district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Pilot Point also encourages economic development via a Matching Funds Reimbursement Grant for commercial and mixed-use properties.
RECOGNIZED | Certified in 2015 | Re-Certified in 2020

PLANO
520 K Ave. Plano, TX 75074

Plano has an incentive program to reduce property taxes assessed for heritage properties if the owners maintain a historic appearance. It also has established "buffer zones" along lakes, ponds, and streams made up of indigenous vegetation, preventing soil erosion and increasing available wildlife habitats and has an Urban Forestry program to maintain all public trees in the Plano area.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2012 | Re-Certified in 2017

PRINCETON
2000 East Princeton Drive, Princeton, TX, USA

Princeton is one of the rapid growing cities in Collin County, TX. Princeton is located in Northeast Collin County between the cities of McKinney and Greenville Texas on U.S. Highway 380. At this time, Collin County is one the fastest growing counties in Texas. Princeton is approximately 30 miles northeast of Dallas and 38 miles from DFW International Airport. Collin County Regional Airport is 8 miles west of Princeton and is the home of the largest and most active corporate flight department in the Dallas area.
BRONZE | Certified in 2019

PROSPER
121 W. Broadway, Prosper, TX 75078

Prosper is a fast growing community north of Dallas. The city is devoted to maintaining its family-friendly, small-town environment. Prosper's ordinances mandate attention landscaping in public spaces and encourages economic development via two Neighborhood Empowerment Zones
SILVER | Certified in 2015 | Re-Certified in 2020

The town of Prosper is an attractive town in the northern part of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. It is a place that is very desirable to live, work and play. When residents are asked what it is that they like about Prosper, it is  invariably the rural character of the Town with ample open space that brought them her in the first place.

Prosper’s Scenic City Certification demonstrates its commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces. This enhances Prosper’s image which in turn drives economic development

RICHARDSON
411 W Arapaho Rd. Richardson, TX 75083

Richardson received full points for lighting standards for streetscapes and public spaces. The city also has extensive screening regulations that go above-and-beyond Scenic City standards and has established a Matching Fund Beautification Program where citizens may propose urban beautification projects and, if approved, will be matched dollar for dollar by the city to complete said project.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2012 | Re-Certified in 2017

Richardson is maintaining the coveted Platinum Scenic City designation it first earned in 2012.  Its Scenic City assessment took note that Richardson boasts no billboards within the city.  More than 100 acres of wildflowers have been planted through its wildflower program and its parks are filled with more than 40 miles of trails and walkways.  The city’s strong unity of design standards help create a cohesive vision within its physical development plans. 

RICHMOND
402 Morton St. Richmond, TX 77469

Understanding that the more a community does to enhance its unique set of assets, whether natural, man-made or cultural, the better positioned it will be for growth, the City of Richmond has recently has recently adopted its new Unified Development Code. This UDC sets the course for Richmond's planning, zoning and ordinance development - all geared around enhancement of public roadways and public spaces.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2016

Scenic City Certification signifies Richmond’s strong commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces. This recognition goes a long way in boosting Richmond’s image, which in turn spurs economic development.

ROANOKE
10 S Oak St Roanoke, TX

Roanoke earned nearly full certification points in every evaluation category. The Scenic City assessment took special note of strong landscaping requirements that extend even to public parking lots and for its programs to eliminate overhead power and cable lines by burying them underground. Understanding the impact of light pollution on quality of life, Roanoke has adopted a strict Dark Skies ordinance.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2011 | Re-Certified in 2016 | 2nd Re-Certification in 2021

The Scenic City assessment took special note of strong landscaping requirements that extend even to public parking lots and for its programs to eliminate overhead power and cable lines by burying them underground.  Understanding the impact of light pollution on quality of life, Roanoke has adopted a strict Dark Skies ordinance. Scenic City Certification signifies Roanoke’s strong commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces. This recognition goes a long way in boosting Roanoke’s image, which in turn spurs economic development

ROCKWALL
385 S Goliad St. Rockwall, TX 75087

Rockwall has strong standards to enhance the visual character of its streetscapes including sign regulation, landscaping and underground utility lines. It also has clearly stated unity-of-design standards and places an emphasis on establishing and protecting parks, trails and open spaces.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2013 | Re-Certified in 2018

ROWLETT
4000 Main St. Rowlett, TX 75088

GOLD | Certified in 2019

SEABROOK
1700 1st St. Seabrook, TX 77586

The city of Seabrook, located along the coast of Trinity Bay, has strong standards to enhance the visual character of its streetscapes through sign regulation and landscaping. It also places an emphasis on establishing and protecting parks, trails, and open spaces.
RECOGNIZED | Certified in 2013 | Re-Certified in 2018

SEALY
415 Main St. Sealy, TX 77474-2232

Sealy is a city with a history of excellence and a future of progress. The city mandates landscaping along its streets and parking lots, places strict regulations on on-premise and off-premise signs, and has implemented a Downtown District Ordinance which controls downtown's aesthetic elements and facades of buildings and public areas.
GOLD | Certified in 2011 | Re-Certified in 2015 | Second Re-Certification in 2020

Its Scenic City evaluation identified the city’s strong commitment to the community benefits of tree plantings to enhance its public roadways and public spaces.  Its Shavano Park Citizens Tree Committee protects and cares for trees in the community, leading to recognition as a 2015 Tree City USA.  

SHAVANO PARK
900 Saddletree Court - Shavano Park, TX 78231

Shavano Park preserves and celebrates its natural setting and small town traditions amid the surrounding area's urban growth. The City aspires to become the premier place in Bexar County to raise a family in strong neighborhoods. The City embraces our past as a small rural community while recognizing the challenges of the future, especially concerning the growth and development of the surrounding San Antonio metro area. This involves maintaining large residential lot sizes, preventing the conversion of residential lots to multi-family and business uses and continuing efforts to protect the City's trees and wildlife.
RECOGNIZED | Certified in 2016 | Re-Certified in 2021

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
4601 Padre Blvd South Padre Island, TX 78597

South Padre Island, situated on a barrier island at the tip of Texas, has hit on highly successful strategies to develop scenic and quality environment for both residents and visitors. This unique island city has no billboards, protects its beaches from development, and buries all its utility lines.
GOLD | Certified in 2010 | Re-Certified in 2015 | Second Re-Certification in 2020

South Padre Island is the most southern Scenic City. The city faces a unique set of challenges because it is located on an island that is
largely a tourist destination. The island is home to 2,818 people and attracts around 4 million visitors each year. At any given day the
14 number of people on the island is averaged to be 11,780. South Padre Island is 113 miles long and 3 miles wide at some points. The
lighting standards on South Padre Island are intended to protect the wildlife that inhabit the island. The local government has set
measures to combat light pollution across the island. There are regulations for the lighting fixtures, bulbs, glare, and commercial
residential lighting. The lighting that is selected to be allowed on the islands minimizes glare, excess lighting to adjected properties,
and light pollution. South Padre Island does not maintain or install street lighting. A third party, American Electric Power, handles
maintenance and installations.

SOUTHLAKE
1400 Main St #310 Southlake, TX

The Scenic City assessment noted that Southlake received full points for on-premise sign regulations. It also has a Public Art Master Plan that identifies opportunities for public art and established a Major Corridors Urban Design Plan, which is designed to created a unique and attractive character for Southlake by enhancing the visual quality of development and scenic areas.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2012 | Re-Certified in 2017

The City of Southlake demonstrates outstanding design integrity standards through ordinances and programming. The ordinances
allow the city to maintain a strong sense of place that promotes the collective vision of the residents as well as improves safety and
operations of the city. The ordinances are accompanied by visually descriptive resources that highlight the intentions behind the
ordinance language (Image 25). In 2008, Southlake adopted the city’s most recent Major Corridors Urban Design Plan that will be
implemented through 2025. The plan was accepted by the Southlake City Council. Community members were involved in the
planning process.

SUGAR LAND
2700 Town Center Blvd. North Sugar Land, TX 77479

Sugar Land, in fast-growing Fort Bend County, takes measures to preserve its unique history and embraces its culturally diverse population. Sugar Land is committed to the enhancement of its streetscapes through its Urban Beautification Policy. The city has also created a Cultural Arts Strategic Plan.
GOLD | Certified in 2010 | Re-Certified in 2015 | Second Re-Certification in 2020

Sugar Land was first certified in 2010, in the inaugural class of certified Scenic Cities. In recertifying and upgrading the city as Gold, Scenic Texas took note of Sugar Land’s dedication to preserve its unique history. The program also noted Sugar Land’s Urban Beautification Policy which enhances its streetscapes and public spaces, and its unique Cultural Arts Strategic Plan.

TAYLOR
400 Porter St Taylor, TX

The City of Taylor, located north of Austin, has many features that make it a Certified Scenic City. Such as, ADA compliant sidewalks, strong landscaping ordinances and strong on-premise sign ordinances.
RECOGNIZED | Certified in 2014 | Re-Certified in 2019

WAXAHACHIE
401 S Rogers St. Waxahachie, TX

The City of Waxahachie is a growing community located south of Dallas with strong design guidelines for their downtown area. The city also has 6 designated historic districts and strong on-premise and off-premise sign ordinances.
SILVER | Certified in 2014 | Re-Certified in 2019

WEATHERFORD
303 Palo Pinto St. Weathorford, TX 76086

BRONZE | Certified in 2019

WEBSTER
101 Pennsylvania Ave, Webster, TX 77598

Webster, a city located halfway between downtown Houston and Galveston, has many city ordinances that the Scenic City Certification Program found note-worthy. such as, an on-premise electronic sign ban, strong ordinances for landscaping including plantings of native, drought tolerant plants and the prohibition of digital billboards.
SILVER | Certified in 2016 | Re-Certified in 2019

Fostering a distinctive sense of place is a high priority for Webster, which has first participated in the Scenic City program in 2015 and ranked up to Bronze certification this year.  Founded by English colonists, enriched by Japanese rice farmers and situated as the gateway to the NASA – Johnson Space Center, Webster is committed to integrating streetscape enhancements that reinforce its heritage, qualities and unique characteristics.

WEST LAKE HILLS
11 Westlake Dr, West Lake Hills, TX 78746

West Lake Hills, near Austin on the edge of the Hill County, is a city with great unity of design standards, thoughtful sign regulation, and aggressive tree protections. The city also has a distinctive wildfire watch system which requires consistent brush cleanup.
BRONZE | Certified in 2015 | Re-Certified in 2020

Scenic Texas took note of West Lake Hills’ tree protection measures during construction projects, their unity of design requirements for on-premise signs, the city’s prohibition on digital signs.

WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE
3800 University Boulevard West University Place, TX 77005

West University Place, located within the Houston metro area, has strong standards to enhance the visual character of its streetscapes through sign regulation, landscaping and tree preservation. It also places an emphasis on establishing and protecting parks, trails and open spaces, while having litter and graffiti abatement programs.
SILVER | Certified in 2013 | Re-Certified in 2018

WESTLAKE
1500 Solana Boulevard, Westlake, TX, USA

Westlake was a standout city by receiving the highest number of points for 2010. All of its existing and future utilities are underground and has a preservation policy for the natural knolls in the city.
PLATINUM | Certified in 2010 | Re-Certified in 2015 | Second Re-Certification in 2020

Westlake was first certified in 2010, in the inaugural class of certified Scenic Cities. In recertifying the city, Scenic Texas took note of Westlake’s conservation of its natural features, including its Tree City USA designation. The program also commended Westlake for its underground utility requirement and strict signage guidelines, both on-premise and off-premise. Westlake’s Scenic City Certification demonstrates its commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces. This enhances Westlake’s image which in turn drives economic development.

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