Scenic City

In partnership with Scenic Texas, The Scenic City Certification Program provides all Texas cities access to a diagnostic tool to assess their existing infrastructure standards for public roadways and public spaces against a set of model standards.  The assessment yields a detailed scoresheet to guide municipalities to adopt better, stronger streetscape standards.  This program benefits citizens of all Texas cities by promoting and incentivizing high standards for public roadways and spaces, which can directly impact quality of life and economic development.

Since 2010, the Scenic City Certification Program has certified 83 Texas cities – including 16 cities in the greater Houston area.

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 status.

Benefits of participation include:

  • provides expert third-party evaluation of existing standards
  • facilitates internal review and analysis of development plans
  • serves as a platform to educate citizens on the impact of local regulations
  • fosters community character and civic pride
  • enhances economic development efforts

Click here to view the full list of certified Scenic Cities, statewide.


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