The majority of cities in Washington are required under the Washington State Growth Management Act to develop comprehensive plans that envision how a community will grow over the next two decades. That planning includes a Transportation Element addressing multimodal transportation needs both within the city limits and in the city’s Urban Growth Area – land where the city is expected to expand in to in the future.
Ferndale planners work with Whatcom County, the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Whatcom Council of Governments' Regional Transportation Planning Organization. The Transportation Element is updated at least once every 10 years through an extensive public process, the last update occurring in January 2011.
The transportation element serves as a guide to the City’s 6-year Transportation Improvement Plan and is the basis for the City’s transportation impact fees.
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