Little Elm, TX – October 5, 2023 – The Town of Little Elm was presented with a Platinum Scenic City Certification on Thursday, October 5, in Dallas, at an event held in conjunction with the Texas Municipal League’s Annual Conference. More than 180 city officials and business leaders from across the state were on hand to recognize Little Elm, among 23 cities, to earn certification for the 2023-2028 designated award period.
The Scenic City Certification Program is a five-year certification through the Scenic Texas, Inc. project. Little Elm’s initial certification was from 2018-2023 at the Silver Scenic City Certification level. This new Platinum Certification is awarded from 2023-2028.
Texas cities access this diagnostic program to objectively review existing municipal infrastructure ordinances related to public scenic ordinances and public spaces. The evaluation compares the applicant city’s standards to the unique Scenic City model devised by the partnership organizations. Assessment is points-based, with every applicant city receiving a detailed, scored evaluation. Official certification can be earned by the cities that score in the upper range and meet stringent scenic streetscape standards.
Earning the highest designation of Platinum Scenic City Certification, Little Elm demonstrated that it embraces a responsible and forward-looking vision for its infrastructure standards and public spaces. This year, it revised and adopted some of its infrastructure ordinances, which resulted in its ranking up as a Platinum Scenic City. The Town of Little Elm worked hard to incorporate best practices into its landscape ordinance, sign regulations, and park development.
“We are proud to be a Platinum Scenic City,” said Director of Development Services Fred Gibbs.
“Scenic City Certification shines a light on Little Elm's strong commitment to high-quality municipal standards, scenic conservation, and public spaces,” said Brenda Dees, executive director of Scenic Texas. “This recognition is intended to support cities with a long-range vision and high-quality municipal standards, and we hope it incentivizes other Texas cities to follow Little Elm's example.” Our goal is to help Texas cities improve the quality of life for all cities while sowing the seeds for Texas preservation and scenic conservation.
Scenic Texas Scenic Texas is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. The mission of Scenic Texas is to preserve and enhance the scenic conservation and environment of Texas through the promotion of enhanced design standards for public projects, city landscaping, sign control, and scenic municipal development.