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Planning Commission meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at City Hall in Council Chambers. September’s Planning Commission meeting is October 21st at 7:00pm.

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Lessons In Equitable Transit #1: Buffered Bike Lanes and Conflict Areas

E Nine Mile Road Construction Update*
The City of Ferndale began its East Nine Mile Road multi-modal and resurfacing project on April 4, 2015 and is entering the project’s final stage (projects). Installation of curbs and gutters in the median islands, as well as placement of sidewalks and ramps in the islands. Completion of crosswalk striping will happen week of 8/24. Please be prepared for some traffic delays during this time.

*The project area is East Nine Mile from Woodward Avenue to West End Street. The project is funded by the City of Ferndale Major Roads and Federal Highway SAFETEA 3R Grant.

Right-Sizing Roadways Has Shown Few Downsides After 15 Years (Community Impact, July 2015)

The City of Austin, Texas released a report that analyzed 37 “right-sized” projects over the past 15 years and found the implemented projects increased safety, traffic flow and numbers of multi-modal commuters. The report determined the projects accommodated the same traffic capacities, did not increase travel times, reduced speeds and total crashes. Find out about more projects that inspire Ferndale Moves at our Resources page.

Ferndale’s Multi-Modal Improvements Featured on MI Transportation Odyssey Video Series
The recent multi-modal improvements to Livernois Ave between Eight Mile and W. Nine Mile were featured in Trans4M‘s ‘Embracing Community Vision’ video series. Watch as planners discuss City of Ferndale’s transportation system with a focus on design principles and equity for every segment of the population.

PACE District
The Ferndale City Council held a public hearing April 13th, 2015 regarding the adoption of a PACE District. The PACE Program Report and video from the public hearing are available for public review.

Transit Oriented Development Overlay Ordinance
The Ferndale Planning Commission held a Public Hearing in the Ferndale Council Chambers, 300 East Nine Mile Road, Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM, to consider the adoption of an overlay zoning district to the City of Ferndale Zoning Ordinance.

The Planning Commission proposed an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance No. 1087 of the Ferndale Code of Ordinances. The intent of the district, to be titled the Transit-Oriented Development Overlay District (“TOD District”), is to encourage a form of development that is consistent with the Master Land Use Plan and is pedestrian friendly. As a part of the overlay district, a minimum of two stories will be required on properties within the Central Business District and those fronting Woodward Avenue, for new and certain renovated buildings.

A copy of the proposed Zoning Ordinance is available here. Any resident or property owner may participate in the hearing or submit written comments to the Community and Economic Development Department prior to Tuesday, April 14, 2015. For more information, please contact the Community and Economic Development Department at 248-546-2366.

Hilton Road Reconstruction
Hilton Road is undergoing the first phase of resurfacing between Woodward Heights and 10 Mile Road beginning Spring 2015. This phase includes asphalt resurfacing, ADA ramp compliance, plus pavement markings (including bike lanes and crosswalks) and updated signage. Pavement and signage plans can be found here.

Construction between 8 and 9 Mile Roads may not begin until Spring of 2016. The resurfacing will result in major improvements to the road, including a reduction in road width. Please call 248-336-4370 if you have questions or comments regarding the proposed project. You may also view a presentation given at a public open house that was held on January 28th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Ferndale Public Library.

City Parking Presentation
At the Ferndale City Council meeting on Monday, January 26th at 7:00pm at City Hall, representatives from Carl Walker, Inc. presented the results of a parking supply and demand analysis that was commissioned in the fall of 2014. The City of Ferndale retained Carl Walker Parking Consultants to conduct a downtown parking analysis consisting of a series of traffic studies and work from September, 2014 – December, 2014. The report specifically evaluates parking needs for the current demand and vacant commercial space in the downtown, as well as the proposed 3-60 development. It is intended to help the City understand if the parking supply numbers being proposed in the 3-60 development will sufficiently accommodate the existing demand and future growth that would be generated by 180,000 sf. of office space on Withington and Troy Street Streets, 110 downtown residential units on Withington, and up to 6,000 sf. of pop-up retail and commercial space on Troy Street that are proposed for Downtown Ferndale.

The parking study report is available online. Quick link to Parking Presentation in the Agenda Packet for January 26th.

See Works-In-Progress for more project information.


Events Calendar

WoodwardWalkFerndale Moves! is the City’s on-line transportation dialogue and resource center. Ferndale Moves! is about:

  • Transportation Options – making walking, bicycling and transit easy, attractive and convenient choices for everyday trips.
  • Safety – balancing the needs and improving the safety of all road users.
  • Placemaking – transforming the City’s streets to remarkable and functional places that reflect Ferndale’s values and strengthen the local economy.

Executive Summary

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The Ferndale Moves! website launched as means to promote and share information on the City’s multi-modal transportation planning efforts. It is the place to find the most up to date information on the project. It is also the place to hold a community conversation on the future of transportation in Ferndale.

Ferndale Moves! is an outgrowth of building momentum in Ferndale.

  • In 2010 the City passed a Complete Streets policy, expressing the desire to design Ferndale streets with all road users in mind – including walkers, bikers and transit vehicles.
  • In 2012 City Council approved moving forward with a request for proposal to develop a multi-modal transportation plan, what is now known as Ferndale Moves!
  • Currently Ferndale has been working with the Woodward Avenue Action Association, which received a federal grant to work on a Complete Streets Master Plan for the entire Woodward Corridor. Ferndale has been an active participant in Woodward Avenue Rapid Transit Alternatives Analysis

Ferndale Moves! provides a way to lay out a comprehensive direction for these efforts both within the City’s boundaries and in connecting Ferndale to the rest of the region.



  • To improve the quality of life for the residents of Ferndale by offering a variety of viable and safe transportation choices appropriate for residents of all ages and abilities.
  • To enhance the local economy by providing the type of transportation choices and physical environment that make a community an attractive place to live, establish a business and visit.
  • To strengthen Ferndale’s brand as a one of the region’s premier walkable bikeable communities.
  • To reduce traffic injuries and deaths by improving the safety of the transportation system for all modes.
  • To enhance the personal well-being of Ferndale’s residents and reduce their health care costs by encouraging physical activity through everyday trips.


Ferndale Moves! Website

The Ferndale Moves! website is constantly evolving. All sections of the Plan are now available for viewing. As the plan develops we hope to add updates on City complete streets projects and other multi-modal initiatives.

Currently, the Multi-modal Network is available for viewing, and we would like to hear what you think of the ideas. You can also review what is driving the proposals on the Background and Past Input pages, or go to the Public Input page to view the latest proposal and offer your thoughts on the recommendations.

To view all pages on this website, a site map is available here.