The City of Ferndale endeavors to update its Master Land Use Plan (also known as the “Ferndale Master Plan”) and its Parks & Recreation Master Plan to equitably reflect current and future land use, economic development, parks and recreation, accessibility, housing, and sustainability needs of the community, including the response to climate change and its impacts. The City of Ferndale adopted the Ferndale Master Plan and the Parks and Recreation Master Plan in 2017, which set a “common vision for the City” with sustainability as a key theme integrated throughout the plan. The plan guided Ferndale’s strategic efforts over the past four years in key areas such as land use, housing and neighborhoods, economic vitality; recreation and open space; transportation and mobility; and city services, facilities, and infrastructure. The planning process established an open, online two-way dialogue between the city and its residents.
The City's update to the Parks & Recreation Master Plan and development of a Climate Action Plan will be done in conjunction with the Master Land Use Plan update since all three plans contain similar information and demonstrates the overall vision for the city.
To review the existing Master Plan and Parks and Recreation Plan, click the links below:
On Monday, June 28, 2021, City Council will consider a contract with SmithGroup for consulting services to assist in the community's Master Plan/Parks and Recreation Plan/Climate Action Plan update. SmithGroup is recommended by Steering Committee after a competitive request for proposals process and review of applications. To review the City Council agenda item, please visit https://www.ferndalemi.gov/council-meetings (click 'Agenda' next to the City Council meeting and review item 8B).
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A Steering Committee of staff, board & commissioner representatives, and residents will help guide the overall process. The steering committee does not have more authority than other community members or ability to adopt the Master Plan, but will help ensure the process is inclusive. The proposed steering committee includes 12-14 community members, as well as 10-12 staff members. The steering committee would assist City staff by:
The City received applications for two residents (age 18-54) and one senior resident (age 55+) and notified randomly selected applicants during the week of May 3rd. To view a video of the random selection process, click HERE. The City received applications for one (1) youth resident (age 9-18) and randomly selected that applicant to participate on the Steering Committee during the week of May 24, 2021.
The steering committee member commitment would include 6-8 meetings between May 2021 and April 2022 during the planning process. Meetings would primarily be conducted via phone or web conference at times that work for the group. In person meetings may be an option, depending on the future health and safety protocols. The steering committee would also be invited to participate in public meetings, such as Planning Commission, City Council, or community meetings.
Please note that City policy exempts those running for office to participate on steering committees during election years. However, if you are running for office, there will be many other opportunities to participate in the plan.