CONSENT AGENDACouncilmember Taylor moved, and
Councilmember K. Hansen seconded, to approve the consent agenda. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS UPDATE
Development Director Haylie Miller presented updates on the following private
Smith Meadows – Located on West Smith Road.
This is a 3.8-acre parcel with 11 parcels, zoned RS Low. (3 – 5 units per
acre) The roads, utilities, and all infrastructure have been completed. The
next step is for the applicant to submit the final plat application to the
PRESENTATION: Community Development
Department 2019 Legislative Plan
Development Director Haylie Miller presented Community Development projects
planned for 2019, including:
Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) Update: Many
sections in the City’s SMP are outdated and need to be modified to reflect
City goals and to comply with State guidelines.Planned Unit Development (PUD) Code
Modifications: Current PUD code language is outdated and should be rewritten.Multifamily High Rezone: Replace the RM
1.5-Multiple Dwelling and Residential Office Zones within proximity of the
Downtown Core with a new zone referred to as the Residential Multifamily High
Zone. Ferndale-Priority Mitigation Program:
Mitigation is described as compensation for project-related impacts to
regulated biological critical areas.
The focus of this program will be on those areas within the FEMA
100-year floodplain and stream/river shorelines. The program is to be available
for projects across jurisdictional boundaries with mitigation to occur within
the city limits and UGA. Application Vesting Regulations: Review
application vesting regulations and timelines specifically for land use
applications to assure appropriate timelines are in place and regulations are
clear.Catalyst Development: Establish a Downtown
Catalyst incentive program that includes a waiver of all administrative,
impact, and connection fees for up to three development projects meeting all
required criteria to assist in the development of a vibrant downtown core.Mobile Home Park Developments: Currently,
there is no zone in which mobile home parks could be located. Street Trees: The City’s Tree Ordinance was
adopted in 1999 and has not been updated since. Proposed updates will include
modification of tree spacing requirements, more flexibility, and will
establish themes along certain corridors.Park Development Standards Details: Adopt
trail standard details. The current code has one trail detail that does not
work in all cases. Multifamily Parking Regulations: Research
possible code changes, if necessary, to clarify whether “off-street” parking means
on -site or within a garage.
CONTRACT: WWU Sustainable Communities
Partnership Interagency Agreement
part of the 2019 budget the City Council authorized funds to support a
multi-disciplinary partnership between the City of Ferndale and Western
Washington University for the purpose of exploring opportunities and
challenges related to Downtown Ferndale and the surrounding areas. The
proposed partnership is intended to bring the broad resources of WWU and its
Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) to bear on the issue. Since its
inception three years ago, the SCP has worked with the City of Edmonds, the
City of Stanwood, and Skagit County to advance those jurisdictions’ planning.
Work is performed by WWU students from several disciplines as part of an
academic year-long effort. These students are typically juniors or seniors
who are working at the direction of professional faculty with expertise on
their respective fields. The final documents that will be provided to the
City are at a standard that would be typical for professional consultants, at
a fraction of the overall cost of a consultant.
Councilmember Kennedy moved, and
Councilmember Taylor seconded, to approve the agenda bill. MOTION CARRIED
Looking for some creative fun in Ferndale to get you through the winter?
Join mosaic artist Debbie Dickinson at a Ferndale Arts Commission sponsored community art project. We’ll work together to create elements of a mosaic garden to be installed by Debbie outside the library this Spring. Piece together colorful flowers and leaves using pre-made forms and supplied materials and instruction. FREE and open to all Ferndale residents. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates: Saturdays, January 12th & 26th, February 9th and 23rd
Times: Drop-in any time between 9:30am and 1pm, workshop ends at 2:30. Expect to spend about an hour on a piece of the mosaic wall creation.
Location: Pioneer Pavilion at Pioneer Park (2007 Cherry Street).
Finished work will become part of the Library Mosaic Project outside of the Ferndale Library. For more information, please call Susan Duncan at (360) 685-2354.
The Ferndale Food Bank, located at 1671 Main St. in Ferndale, has decided to offer a special distribution to our unpaid federal employees. The distribution will take place on Tuesday, January 22 beginning at 10 AM ending at 1 PM and then again from 5pm- 7pm. Please bring a copy of your ID and a recent Federal government paystub. They will be serving those living in our service area which includes Ferndale School District, very north bit of Bellingham and Custer.
The Ferndale Food Bank wants to reinforce with these workers that their work is important to us and we want to support them in anyway we can during this challenging time.
Notice is hereby given
that one or more members of the Ferndale City Council may attend the following
Meeting – A Visioning Workshop for a Ferndale City Center Plan
January 23, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Cherry Street Ferndale, WA
meeting is sponsored by Western Washington University and the Ferndale Chamber
of Commerce. The purpose of the meeting is a visioning workshop for a Ferndale
City Center Plan. Planning topics include: Transportation Solutions, Urban
Infill, Architectural Character, Safe Routes to School, Habitat Enhancement,
Public Parking, Park and Trails, Flood Risk Reduction, Children’s Activities.
is an Open Public Meeting as outlined by the Open Public Meetings Act, and
members of the public are invited to attend and observe.
Each day, your local government is hard at work making Ferndale an even greater place to live, work and play. Here is a little introduction to some of the people who work for you, the people of Ferndale.
Riley Sweeney prepares materials for the city website, social media, is our public information officer, handles the City’s insurance, interacts with our community groups and runs the City’s Parks and Recreational activities. If you have a question about something going on in Ferndale, he is a great place to start. You can reach him at (360) 685-2353 or via email by clicking here.
Chief Kevin Turner, Ferndale Police Chief
Chief Turner oversees our Ferndale Police Department, which includes two lieutenants, three sergeants, three detectives, eleven officers and four support staff. His team works around the clock to ensure that our community is safe and stronger together.
Mayor Jon Mutchler
Elected in 2015, Mayor Jon Mutchler provides general supervision over the administrative affairs of the City; including the responsibility for the appointment and removal of personnel; and the execution of the laws and policies as adopted by the City Council. You can reach him at (360) 685-2350 or via email by clicking here.
Susan Duncan, City Clerk
Susan Duncan oversees compilation and distribution of twice-monthly Council agendas and packets, and is also responsible for maintaining City records as the official records depository and archivist for Ferndale. She handles public records requests and serves as the Human Resources department for the City.
Haylie Miller, Community Development Director
Haylie Miller oversees the community development department which is responsible for working with community members, elected officials, project applicants, and others to establish a collective vision for the community. This includes setting and updating land use regulation, building codes, permit requirements and our comprehensive plan.
Sirke Salminen, Finance Director
Sirke Salminen is tasked with the development of the City’s Annual Report and Budget. With the help of her finance team, she also manages the annual audit and investments, provides monthly and annual revenue and expenditure reporting in relationship to the annual budget, and prepares water and sewer utility billings.
Jori Burnett, City Administrator
Jori Burnett is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City and provides oversight on all the department heads. He sets long-term goals for the staff and facilitates the general improvement of the city.
Kevin Renz, Public Works Director
Kevin Renz oversees the Public Works department which plans, constructs, operates, and maintains City water, sewer, storm, transportation systems and other facilities and buildings for the City.
yourself and your family. Join us to learn more about what supplies and
resources to have on hand when a natural or human-made disaster occurs. All are
welcome. Light refreshments provided.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Thursday, January 17, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
2125 Main Street
Hosted by Ferndale Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Ferndale CERT is one of the member organizations of the FERN and working with the Ferndale Police Department. For more information, please email Gayland Gump by clicking here
Last year, over 3,000 residents enjoyed free recreational activities in Ferndale’s parks. In 2019, we want to bring you even more great parks and rec offerings. Help us decide which events to sponsor by taking our 2019 Parks and Rec Activity Survey.
Curious what lies beneath your neighborhood? Explore our city with our Online Map Viewer. Our Graphic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Brenna Sterling-Borgognoni works full-time to update and expand the information available the public through this resource.
Using our Online Map Viewer, you can explore where the water lines are located in your neighborhood, what upcoming public works projects are planned in your area and where exactly that property line is located.
These sort of tools allow the city to identify crime hot spots, locate neighborhood needs and plan for the future.
Toggle through the layers using the checkboxes on the right to discover new features. For more information on our Online Map Viewer, please call Brenna at (360) 685-2371 or email her by clicking here.