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In July, Bulverde was selected as 1 of 13 Texas municipalities to be awarded Scenic City Certification through the Scenic City Certification Program, a project of Scenic Texas. The Scenic City program supports and recognizes cities for commitment to high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. Five cities were certified for the first time—including Bulverde—and eight were re-certified or upgraded their existing certification status, bringing the total number of certified cities in Texas to 71.
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. Cities apply to the program for a rigorous evaluation and scoring of existing municipal standards against the model. Those with the highest evaluation scores earn certification.
“Through the Scenic City Certification Program, cities access a valuable diagnostic tool,” said Anne Culver, executive vice president of Scenic Texas. “The detailed 360° analysis of existing infrastructure standards supplies cities with a roadmap for future growth and development. We are pleased so many municipalities participated this year, earning either first-time certification or re-certification.”
Cities earning first-time certification* or recertification in 2017 include:
BulverdeBedfordCedar ParkColleyvilleCueroHorseshoe BayHoustonLancasterLeon ValleyLucasPlanoRichardsonSouthlake
The City of Bulverde applied for the certification at the suggestion of City Council Member Gene Hartman, who became familiar with the program through his contacts with officials in other certified communities. With his encouragement, City staff took the necessary steps to submit an application to Scenic City by the May deadline. Preliminary results were determined in June, with the final results being announced in July. Bulverde has been certified at a Silver level, which indicates a score that falls within 70–79% of the points available. The scoring process is explained and well-documented on the Scenic City website. As a first-time certified Scenic City, Bulverde joins other Silver ranked cities such as College Station, Granbury, Grapevine, and Irving.
Scenic Texas is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the visual character of Texas, promoting enhanced design standards for public projects, sign regulation, freeway landscaping and scenic byway development.
Adapted from 13 TEXAS CITIES EARN PROMINENT SCENIC CITY CERTIFICATION IN 2017 by Scenic City, posted on August 8, 2017. https://sceniccitycertification.org