Ferndale Master Plan Update
Master Plan Market Studies
City Council, Planning Commission, and staff are proud to present an update to the City’s Master Plan with consultants from Hamilton Anderson Associates. 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. Key sections of the plan include land use, housing and neighborhoods, economic vitality, recreation and open space, transportation and mobility, and city services, facilities, and infrastructure.
The Master Plan update is different from past plans created by the City for several reasons. The 2008 Ferndale Master Plan set a strong framework for today’s draft plan in setting a vision, a thorough assessment of existing conditions, and implementation steps. The Master Plan update includes all three of those elements, but increases the focus on implementation. There are over 100 action items noted throughout the plan and summarized with key task leaders to carry out action items. Sustainability was a driving principle in every section of the plan and tied to the referenced action items. Community engagement casted a wider net than previous plans through online feedback, a public open house, and focus groups. The plan also includes specific sub-district market studies (downtown and industrial) to get a better understanding of retail, housing, and office demand.
The Master Plan is available for download at the link above 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 [email protected]
2008 Master Plan
The City's 2008 master plan is the current guide for community decision makers, until the updated master plan is adopted (likely early 2017). It was developed through public participation in a series of community meetings with the Community Economic Development staff, the Planning Commission, and other elected bodies. The plan became a statement of a community’s vision for its own future and a road map that provides direction to achieve that vision. The view of the future prescribed in the Master Plan was shaped by the community's values, vision for the future, and ideals for the best management of our parks, green spaces, infrastructure, and man-made environments.
The Community and Economic Development Department makes recommendations to the Planning Commission based on the community's feedback, as documented in the Master Plan. Successful implementation of the Master Plan should help to achieve the standards of quality of life set forth by the public and their elected officials.