Jail Planning

The Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed jail facility has now been released. View the documents below:

Conceptual outline of new facility. See images below for other potential layouts.

Whatcom County has identified the need for a new countywide jail facility. Through this process, a site within the Ferndale city limits has been selected as a preferred location for the jail, among several potential sites throughout the County.

In Washington, state law says cities can’t ban these “essential public facilities” from being built but can spell out in what areas and how they might be constructed.

As of March 5, 2013, the county had yet to purchase the property in question, but the City wants to help keep the community informed about what this process means.

This site serves as the City’s repository for all things jail related.
Information is posted as it is received.

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, Sept. 13: Issuance of Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Note: This document, once issued, will be posted on by our website and Whatcom County’s)

Thursday, Sept. 26: SDEIS Public Comment Meeting – 6 p.m., Ferndale City Council Chambers, 5694 Second Ave.

Monday, Oct. 14 – Deadline for comments on SDEIS

More Information: