5:00 p.m. STUDY SESSION: 2020 Budget
presented their requests for the 2020 budget.
APPROVAL OF AGENDACouncilmember Bersch moved, and
Councilmember Taylor seconded, to approve the agenda as presented. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
CONSENT AGENDACouncilmember Taylor moved, and
Councilmember Hansen seconded, to approve the consent agenda. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
PROCLAMATION: 2019 Paddle to Lummi Tribal Canoe Journey
Mutchler read the proclamation honoring and acknowledging the 2019 Paddle to
Lummi Canoe Journey.
CAPITAL PROJECTS UPDATE
Works Project Manager Katy Radder presented updates on the following capital
First Avenue Pedestrian Improvement Project –
reconfigures the existing pedestrian crossings at First Avenue and Main
StreetFerndale Terrace – design currently underwayScout Place to Nordic Way Water Line – Permit
has been submitted to Burlington Northern, and work is expected to begin soonPump Station #19 De-Commissioning – a new
gravity main will connect the water systems between Thornton Road and Malloy
VillageThornton Overcrossing – right of way
acquisition is nearly completeUtilities Relocation – utilities need to be
relocated to accommodate the Thornton Overcrossing Project
PUBLIC HEARING: Floodway Repeal Ordinance
January 2019, the City Council approved an amendment to the Comprehensive
Plan removing the Floodway Comprehensive Plan Designation and the Floodway
Zone. The City Council determined that
is no longer appropriate to maintain a floodway land use designation or zone
that is inconsistent with the floodway established by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA). This zoning text amendment removes Chapter 18.20
(Floodway Zone) from the Ferndale Municipal Code.
Councilmember Olson moved, and
Councilmember Jensen seconded, to approve the agenda bill. MOTION CARRIED
DISCUSSION: First & Main Street Intersection
Improvement project/Bid Award
project will reconfigure the existing pedestrian crossings at the
intersection of First Avenue and Main Street.
Work will include removal and replacement of cement concrete sidewalk,
curb and ADA ramps; removal of existing signal arms, cabinets and related
facilities; concrete flatwork; HMA paving; permanent signage installation and
Councilmember Jensen moved, and
Councilmember Taylor seconded, to approve the agenda bill. MOTION CARRIED
5-2, Councilmembers Hansen and Bersch opposed.
DISCUSSION: Affordable Housing Survey
affordability continues to be a significant issue for Whatcom County
communities and for the City of Ferndale.
Demand has dramatically exceeded supply at nearly every price point,
and a significant housing crisis exists in the Pacific Northwest. The lack of housing units for the workforce
has further contributed to a slow-down in the growth of local businesses that
depend on skilled labor and has curtailed the expansion of businesses from
outside the area, for the same reason.
survey regarding affordable housing was conducted with input from local
realtors, developers, and contractors. Suggestions included:
Allow duplexes, triplexes, etc. in multiple
zones Reduce permit fees where feasible and provide
incentive programs for “affordable” housingStreamline the permit review process and
provide better information regarding permit requirementsDevelopment Regulations – reduce frontage
requirements and allow streets to be narrowerZoning Regulations – allow more flexibility in
building placement on the lotDensity Bonuses – provide incentives for
increased units. Incentives must provide a public benefitState Regulations – better coordination
between state agencies and city. Wetland fill and mitigation permits add
time/confusion to the processCritical Areas – allow applicants to mitigate
for small wetland areas
meeting was adjourned at 8:19 p.m.