Mesquite, TX - October 11, 2019 - Mesquite was presented a 2019 Certified Scenic City award in San Antonio during the Texas Municipal League’s Annual Conference.
This is the city’s third consecutive certification. Mesquite ranks gold in the program, which recognizes Texas municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. Mesquite is one of only four cities in the Dallas–Fort Worth area to hold the esteemed gold ranking. Mesquite has been certified since the program’s start in 2010.
City Manager Cliff Keheley accepted the award on behalf of the city and said, “Maintaining a vibrant and attractive community has long been a strategic goal and objective of the City Council. To have a third-party evaluate our standards and recognize this work is an invaluable tool to measure the success of our efforts. Recertification as a Scenic City is an honor for our entire community.”
Certification is for five years and is awarded based on a comprehensive assessment of existing city ordinances for landscaping, tree planting, and sign regulation. Mesquite received perfect scores for its ordinances in the following categories: protection of landscaping during construction activities, specified requirements for landscaping in parking lots; and clearly-defined design standards to create unity-of-design.