Community Plans

2021-2022 Master Plan Update

The Community is in the process of updating the Ferndale Master Plan, including the Parks and Recreation Plan and first-ever City Climate Action Plan. The plan update sets a common vision, goals, and actions for where the City should direct its efforts over the next five to ten years. Please visit the Master Plan project page (HERE) to learn about the overall process, participate, and sign up for the Master Plan email list.

The 2017 Master Plan is available for download and a physical copy is available for review at City Hall (300 E. Nine Mile Road). For more details, please contact the Community and Economic Development Department at

FYE 2023-2027 Capital Improvement Plan

The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a five-year road map for city planning and funding public facilities and infrastructure. Included projects incorporate both the construction of new facilities and the rehabilitation or replacement of existing capital.

The programming of projects is distributed over the five-year period to help the City to remain flexible to changes in the environment, fiscal health, capital needs, and new priorities. Priorities are divided into operational or strategic categories. Operational projects continue to support the normal day-to-day activities of the requesting department. These are in line with scheduled replacements or increasing effectiveness or efficiencies. Strategic projects are those that align with specific goals in the Master Land Use or Strategic Plan.

The final CIP document is used as a tool to help ensure that the City’s long- and short-term capital investments are made with careful consideration of adopted city plans, needs, and the resources available to fund all projects.

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update

City Council, Parks and Recreation Commission, and Ferndale Parks and Recreation & Department of Public Works staff are proud to present an update to the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan with consultants from Hamilton Anderson Associates. Communities are required by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) to update their Plan every 5 years to be eligible for grant funds.

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan is the document that sets the vision and action plans for realizing the full potential of Ferndale’s parks and recreation services and facilities now and into the future. Key sections of the plan include facilities and program inventories, communications, partnerships, maintenance and operations, and funding.

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan is available for download at the link above and physical copies are available for review at City Hall (300 E. Nine Mile Road) and Kulick Community Center (1201 Livernois). For more details, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department or Community and Economic Development office at

2010-2015 Parks and Recreation Master Plan

The 2010 - 2015 Recreation Plan is intended to provide direction to City Staff in the development of our parks and outdoor recreation facilities.  The plan is updated every five years.  This insures the continuation of an orderly procedure to ensure we continue meeting the evolving needs of the community, identify facilities that are needed, where they should be located, and generally when those facilities should be constructed.  

Sub-Area Plans

Subarea plans are prepared for limited geographic areas within a community. These can be neighborhoods, corridors, the downtown, or special districts. Subarea plans generally include a greater level of detail than our Master Plan. Any special plan needs to be considered within the context of the community as a whole.

Ferndale Moves

Ferndale Moves is a one-stop-shop for all walking, biking, and transportation-related projects in the City of Ferndale. Residents and visitors can now stay up to date with the latest news, updates and even provide comments on all current and future transportation and transit projects. The site is interactive and is designed to be a platform for civic engagement. The public process must be balanced, open, and collaborative in order to create plans that define the community’s needs and elicit its support.


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