West U Now a “Silver” Scenic City
West University Place has been awarded Silver Scenic City Certification by the Scenic City certification program of Scenic Texas, moving up from its 2013 Bronze Certification.
“We are excited to earn the Silver Scenic City Certifications status this year and thank Scenic Texas for their recognition,” said West U Mayor Bob Fry. “West U prides itself in its beautiful trees and landscaping, and we are happy that others have taken notice.”
The Scenic City Certification Program is a project of Scenic Texas and its program partners, The program has a comprehensive set of model standards for design and development of public roadways and public spaces. The program draws a direct correlation between the success of a city’s economic development and the visual appeal of public spaces.
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.
In granting the city its Silver certification, Scenic Texas took note of West University Place’s requirement for landscaping along roadways, West U’s strong litter and graffiti ordinances, and for its community dedication to improve parks and green spaces.
A reception to present the 2014 municipalities with their Scenic City Certification will be held on tomorrow, Thursday, October 2 at The Grove restaurant at Discovery Green in Houston, in conjunction with the annual Texas Municipal League conference.
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.scenic city certification.org.