The City of Richmond Earns Prominent Scenic City Certification

The City of Richmond was officially awarded Bronze Certification by the Scenic City Certification Program of Scenic Texas on October 6 in Austin. Richmond is one of 23 cities earning certification or recertification in 2016.

The Scenic City Certification Program is the first in the U.S. to incorporate a comprehensive set of model standards for design and development of public roadways and public spaces into one program. The program draws a direct correlation between the success of a city’s economic development efforts and the visual appearance of its public spaces. The program recognizes municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards.

Understanding that the more a community does to enhance its unique set of assets, whether natural, man-made or cultural, the better positioned it will be for growth, the City of Richmond has recently adopted its new Unified Development Code.  This UDC sets the course for Richmond’s planning, zoning and ordinance development – all geared around enhancement of public roadways and public spaces.  And one result of the UDC is that in our Scenic City assessment, Richmond has earned Scenic City Certification at the Bronze level.

Scenic City Certification program partners include the American Planning Association Texas Chapter, American Council of Engineering Companies of Houston, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Keep Texas Beautiful, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Scenic America, Scenic Houston, Texas Downtown Association, Texas Economic Development Council, Texas Historical Commission, Texas Municipal League, Urban Land Institute – Austin, Urban Land Institute – Houston, and Urban Land Institute – San Antonio. Learn more at