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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. May’s Planning Commission meeting is May 18th at 7:00pm.

Rules of the Road for Safe Cycling in Ferndale This Summer!
The City of Ferndale isn’t becoming a safe place for pedestrians and cyclists because of road improvements alone. Residents and visitors need to know the appropriate “rules of the road” to become a functioning and safe place for multiple modes of transportation. Get familiar with ways to stay safe on the streets of Ferndale at our Education page and view this video on appropriate hand signaling below:

Ferndale Recreation and the Ferndale DDA team up to bring you the Downtown Bike Rodeo!
12961215_10153585788721238_3956396427444033121_oJoin friends and neighbors at the Downtown Bike Rodeo on Thursday May 19th, from 4pm-8pm at Schiffer Park (Planavon & W. 9 Mile). The Rodeo features several FREE features, including bike inspections from the Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop, a bike skills test and bike licensing from the Ferndale Police Department, a fire safety house tour from the Ferndale Fire Department and free bike helmets courtesy of Ferndale Rotary. Please not that you must have your bike on hand in order to receive licensing and helmets. For more information, click this link and RSVP.

Woodward Corridor Neighborhood Bicycle Network Launches This Summer!
The City of Ferndale and five neighboring communities (Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak) were awarded a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant through MDOT and SEMCOG in July 2015. The highly visible bicycle route will allow residents to connect with schools, libraries and downtowns through Woodward Corridor communities. The bicycle route will accomplish a number of projects included in the previously adopted Ferndale Moves plan and showcase the regional cooperation taken to complete the project. Construction will begin on the project in late May and wrap-up in early August. See below for a map of the route and let us know where you will travel on the route!

Master Land Use Plan Comments on Ferndale Exchange
The City of Ferndale launched civic engagement website, Ferndale Exchange, last fall. Ferndale Exchange is a key component in the organization’s ongoing goal of engaging residents in discussions about the City’s Master Land Use Plan—a comprehensive, community-aided guide to future land use and development in Ferndale. Click on the question below to join the conversation!

Ferndale Named One of Metro Detroit’s Most Bike-Friendly Communities img_3604 Metromode profiled the most bike-friendly communities in Metro Detroit and Todd Scott (executive director of the Detroit Greenways Coalition) cited Ferndale one of the region’s leaders. Recent improvements to E. Nine Mile Road and Hilton Road were listed as ways the City adds cycling infrastructure as part of road projects. Find out about future non-motorized projects coming to Ferndale in the Network Implementation Plan.

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

Right-Sizing Roadways The Benefits of Slower Traffic, Measured in Money and Lives (City Lab, October 2015)204c69733The City of New Brunswick, New Jersey encountered an unfortunate incident in May 2014 when three children were hit by a car in a crosswalk on a busy street. A recent case study found that the safety benefits of reducing automobile space and speeds on the street would far outweigh any losses from driver delay. 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.

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. For more information, please contact the Community and Economic Development Department at 248-546-2366.

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.