The City of Friendswood has been awarded a Bronze Scenic City Certification by the Scenic City Certification Program. A newly certified city, Friendswood is one of 15 cities in the state to earn first-time or upgraded certification for the 2014-2019 period.
The Scenic City Certification Program is a project of Scenic Texas and its program partners, and is the first in the U.S. to incorporate a comprehensive set of model standards for design and development of public roadways and public spaces into one program. The program draws a direct correlation between the success of a city’s economic development efforts and the visual appearance of its public spaces and recognizes municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards.
Earning certification is straightforward: a city must initially meet three criteria before applying to the program including having a strictly regulated and enforced sign code, a ban on new billboards, and a landscaping and tree planting program. Then, a city’s existing standards are assessed and scored based on a model of some 70+ possible criteria ranging from percentage of park and open space, strong litter enforcement laws, street lighting standards, to parking lot landscaping, utility line management, and more. Under the scoring system, an applicant earns Recognized, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Certification.
In granting the city its Bronze certification, Scenic Texas took note of Friendswood’s strong design and off-premise signage standards.
Scenic City Certification program partners include the Texas Municipal League, Urban Land Institute – Houston, American Planning Association Texas, Houston-Galveston Area Council, American Council of Engineering Companies of Houston, Keep Texas Beautiful, Texas Historical Commission, Texas Downtown Association, Scenic Houston and Scenic America. Learn more at www.sceniccitycertification.org.