On December 18, 2017, City Council adopted an Inclusive Housing Policy to help with the creation of affordable housing units in the City. The City’s Master Plan specifically cites the need for affordable housing creation and recommends incentives and/or required affordable units be a part of new property development.
Along with housing experts Lisa Sturtevant and Associates LLC (LSA), the City of Ferndale is conducting the Community Affordability and Inclusive Housing Action Plan (CAIHAP). To help define and steer the plan, an advisory group was formed consisting of Ferndale residents, business owners, clergy, housing experts, and community development professionals.
The project is set into six phases: defining and determining goals for inclusive housing; establishing metrics for the goals and developing a monitoring plan for each goal; a baseline basement of the market analysis; development of short-term and long-term goals and a monitoring and evaluation strategy; a communications and engagement plan that runs throughout the study and includes civic engagement materials, social media outreach, and a final communications plan for residents, developers, and business owners; and the final draft of the Community Affordability and Inclusive Housing Action Plan, presented to City Council in March 2020.
In the late fall a survey will be publicly available, giving all community members the opportunity to help define what inclusive community means to Ferndale. The survey is available until December 5, 2019.
For more information, please contact Community Development Specialist Adam Loomis at firstname.lastname@example.org.