Plano is a Scenic City

Plano has been honored as a Platinum-level 2012 Texas Certified Scenic City.

Scenic City Property Standards Director Cynthia O’Banner, Public Works Director Gerald Cosgrove, Planning Director Phyllis Jarrell, Parks & Recreation Director Amy Fortenberry, Building Inspections Director Selso Mata, Scenic City Representative Don M. Glendenning and Mayor Phil Dyer during the presentation of the Platinum-level Scenic City Award at the November 12, 2012 Plano City Council Meeting.

Scenic City Certification Program
The program recognizes municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. Plano was honored as a Texas city with strong scenic standards that has been proven to enhance economic development, improve quality of life and foster a sense of place.

Scenic City Certification Program
Executive Director Anne Culver said, “Based on the strength of its ordinances and scenic programs, Plano has demonstrated its commitment to shaping a truly Scenic City that’s a great example for others to follow.”

Plano scored 322 points out of a possible 358 points. The city was evaluated based on 11 categories with 73 possible criteria. The categories were streetscape; parks, trails and public spaces; on-premises sign ordinance; off-premises signage; lighting standards for streetscapes and public spaces; landscaping in parking lots; protection of landscaping during construction activities; clearly-stated unity-of-design standards throughout the city or within defined areas or special districts; litter and graffiti; utility and cable line program; and dumpster screening. Cities can earn up to 20 bonus points for features or programs that contribute to its scenic appeal not listed in the specific categories. Each category has a direct correlation between the success of a city’s economic development efforts and the visual appearance of its public spaces.

Resources
Scenic City Certification