Tuesday, September 18, 2012 By The City of Southlake via Press Release from Scenic City
Southlake Earns Scenic City Award – 2012 Scenic City Certification Recognizes High-Quality Scenic Standards
Update September 28, 2012 – Representatives from Scenic City are scheduled to be at the 10/2 City Council Meeting to present the Gold Certification to the City Council.
The City of Southlake is one of just nine Texas municipalities awarded Scenic City Certification by the Scenic City Certification Program of Scenic Texas. Southlake scored high in the detailed evaluation process, receiving Gold Certification. Two areas specially noted were the city’s landscape ordinance and strict signage regulations prohibiting all commercial signs in the public right of way.
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. Applicant cities present their existing standards for assessment and scoring against the model. Cities with the highest evaluation scores are certified.
“The City of Southlake has demonstrated that strong scenic standards build a strong city in terms of economic development and quality of life for residents. This is a win-win situation.” said Anne Culver, executive director of the Scenic City Certification Program, “Earning Scenic City certification is the result of Southlake’s smart and thoughtful decision-making regarding the development, re-development and growth of a community.”
The 2012 Texas Certified Scenic Cities:
- Cedar Park
- Double Oak
- South Padre Island
Southlake’s Scenic City Gold Award will be presented to the city by members of the Scenic Texas Board of Directors at a local event to be organized this fall. All Texas cities may submit applications for the 2013 round of Scenic City evaluations beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The 2013 application is available online now.
For more information on the Scenic City Certification Program visit: www.sceniccitycertification.org.