Community Appearance


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The mission set forth by this group is to work as a community to enhance the appearance of our gateways, corridors, and neighborhoods for residents, visitors and prospective community members to ultimately develop a clean, safe, healthy and vibrant Amarillo. This can only be achieved by addressing the appearance of Amarillo. This includes the appearance of our public spaces (right of ways, parks, facilities, etc.), housing stock, weed abatement and other items which reflect the quality of our City and the importance we place on having a clean and safe community.

The Community Appearance work group will partner with several community organizations that all share an interest in bettering Amarillo’s reflection in the eyes of those visiting and those who live here. The potential stakeholders include organizations like the Amarillo Association of Realtors, the Apartment Association of the Panhandle, the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Amarillo United Citizens Forum, Center City, the Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and Visitors Council, the Hotel Association, the Amarillo Branch of the NAACP, the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission, Potter and Randall counties, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Welcome Pardner.

Concerns that have been identified by the work group include a wide variety of public spaces that could improve with rehabilitations or additions:

  • Abandoned/vacant buildings
  • Airport entrance – “Gateway”
  • City employee appearance
  • City equipment appearance
  • Commercial areas
  • Dead trees – proper removal and disposal
  • Graffiti
  • Homelessness/Transient population
  • I-40 gateway (east and west), frontage roads – weeds, landscape/unifying theme, inconsistent maintenance, all entranceways
  • Junk vehicles
  • Landscaping
  • Park land – open spaces, antiquated structures
  • Parking vehicles in front yards
  • Thoroughfare/Right-of-Ways – inconsistent easement maintenance
  • Tires – proper disposal, regulate the tire stream
  • Rental Properties (SFR)
  • Residential areas (quadrants)
  • Signs/signage
  • Solid waste – waste stream
  • Targeted neighborhood programs
  • Taxicabs – ground transportation
  • Weeds – fuel load – controlled burns

The Committee has developed a tentative plan for how the City and other organizations may approach these issues and concerns:

  • Community input
  • Reviews of existing code
  • Development of an action plan
  • Identification of priorities
  • Developing the scope
  • Staffing needs to facilitate