Friendswood has officially been re-certified this year as a Texas Scenic City, a title awarded after meeting a list of requirements on signs, tree ordinances and landscaping.
One of 21 cities to be certified or re-certified this year, Friendswood’s highlights include “strong on-premise and off-premise sign standards, strong unity of design standards and strick prohibition on dumping.”
The certification program is administered through the nonprofit, Scenic Texas, Inc.
Friendswood is certified as platinum, the highest level. Also earning platinum certification in 2019 is Richmond, a city of about 12,000 in Fort Bend County. League City this year was certified first time as Gold level, and Webster was re-certified as Silver. Once earned, a certification is valid for five years.
Any community may apply for the designation, but it’s not easy, Scenic Texas Executive Director Sarah Tober points out. The scores are points based, and each city gets a detailed and scored result that shows its strengths and areas where improvement is needed. Certification is awarded for those that score points in the upper ranges in standards for landscaping, tree planting and sign regulation.
Cities earning 90 percent or more of possible points are certified as platinum. Other levels include gold, silver, bronze and recognized.
A reception for all 21 cities awarded Scenic City designations for 2019 will be held Oct. 10 in San Antonio during the Texas Municipal League’s annual conference week.