The Richardson City Council was presented with a plaque and a street sign signifying that Richardson is a Gold Scenic City. Pictured from left are: Council Member Kendal Hartley, Mayor Bob Townsend, Council Member Scott Dunn, Keith Stone, who serves as a director and executive board member for Scenic Texas, Mayor Pro Tem Laura Maczka, Council Member Mark Solomon and Council Member Amir Omar.
The City of Richardson on Thursday received official recognition as a Gold Scenic City from Scenic Texas.
Richardson is one of just nine Texas municipalities awarded Scenic City Certification by the Scenic City Certification Program. The City received high marks during a detailed evaluation process because of its landscape ordinance, strict signage regulations, lighting standards and protection of landscaping during construction projects.
“Richardson has developed a reputation over the decades of being one of the best communities in the Metroplex for living, working and enjoying a wide array of natural and artistic amenities,” said Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend. “From our wildflower plantings in medians to our interconnected trails that span the city, Richardson has always been a great choice for families and professionals who are looking for a higher standard of living, and we appreciate the recognition of our work by Scenic Texas and its partner organizations, who are striving to promote these same qualities across the state.”
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 Richardson 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 Richardson’s smart and thoughtful decision-making regarding the development, redevelopment and growth of a community,” she said.
Richardson is now one of 36 Texas cities certified under the program from 2010 to 2012. For more information on the Scenic City Certification Program visit: www.sceniccitycertification.org.