The Master Plan is a guidebook for Ferndale’s decision-makers based on the community’s unified vision of the future of our city. The Master Plan provides actionable steps and helps officials decide how to direct city funding, what initiatives to take on and tangible goals and milestones for the next 5 years.
This plan covers rules around what can be built where and how. We will be working to equitably reflect current and future land use, economic development, accessibility and housing needs within the community.
In updating this plan, we will be working to understand our community’s needs to improve accessibility, equity and programming. We will be working to ensure there are implementable plans that will ensure spatial equity.
This will be Ferndale’s first iteration of an Integrated Climate Action Plan. We will be exploring with our community how we can create resiliency within our neighborhoods to extreme weather events, a global health crisis, curb our carbon emissions, and become a regional leader in sustainability.
Thank you in advance for your time and input. You matter. You belong here.
Join us for a 2-day interactive virtual summit where we will be exploring the vision of our city, together. Participate in three (3) Virtual Community Summit sessions on October 26th and 27th. RSVP below (note there are separate RSVP links for each session) and be sure to share with your friends and neighbors. In case you cannot attend, these sessions will be recorded and posted online at a later date.
We are looking for community and neighborhood groups interested in participating in the Plan Ferndale process. Please fill out the following form if you would like to request an engagement session in October or November. In addition to these requests, the Steering Committee will schedule virtual sessions open to any participants for sign up. Check back soon for those dates. Or sign up for our email list to stay updated.
Two ways for us to engage with your group:
A member of the Steering Committee will present to your organization about the Master Plan update process during an upcoming meeting, share input opportunities, and answer questions (15 minutes).
A Plan Ferndale facilitator will lead a small group (no more than 10) through a priority exercise and discussion around topics pertaining to Ferndale’s future (1.5-2 hours)
We are creating space and opportunity for the Ferndale community to provide input and to participate in strategic discussions to create a community-driven plan.
Ready to get involved? We don’t bite.
On Monday, June 28, 2021, City Council approved the contract with SmithGroup for consulting services to assist in the community's Master Plan update. SmithGroup was recommended by the 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). A recording of that meeting is also available.
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.
To review the existing Master Plan and Parks and Recreation Plan, click the links below:
See a list of previous accomplishments below. Note this isn't an exhaustive list, but gives a feel for the type of action items associated with each plan.