Known as a community with a strong bent toward preserving its natural beauty and its persistence on maintaining uncluttered vistas, the Town of Prosper has been awarded the Recognized Scenic City certification, says Town Manager Harlan Jefferson.
“One need only attend a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting or a Town Council meeting to see how important this commitment is,” he said. “Prosper residents have communicated a clear message to the Town’s leadership regarding landscaping, tree-planting and natural beauty. New developments must adhere to that priority.”
The Scenic City Certification Program is a project of Scenic Texas and its statewide program partners. It is the first program of its kind in the U.S. to incorporate a comprehensive set of standards for design and development of public roadways and public spaces into one program. The program’s goal is to recognize cities with strong scenic infrastructure standards.
To earn the certification, Prosper met three criteria including having a strictly regulated and enforced sign code, a ban on new billboards, and a landscaping and tree planting program.
“Following that, our standards were reviewed and scored based on other criteria such as percentage of park and open space, strong litter enforcement laws, street lighting standards, parking lot landscaping, utility line management, and more,” he said.
The certification is valid for five years, after which an additional review will be conducted. In granting the city its Recognized certification, Scenic Texas took note of Prosper’s commitment to maintaining its family friendly, small-town environment. The Program commended the Town for its landscaping ordinances which mandate plantings in public spaces and its economic development programs via two Neighborhood Empowerment Zones.
The certification was presented to Prosper and the other winning cities at the annual Texas Municipal League conference in San Antonio in late September.