City of Ferndale News

General Plan Housing Element Update

The City of Ferndale periodically updates its General Plan Housing Element to comply with state requirements and to enable the City to apply for various housing program grants. The Housing Element identifies and analyzes existing and projected housing needs. It also provides goals, policies, quantified objectives, and scheduled programs for the preservation, improvement, and development of housing for all economic groups. The primary purpose of the Housing Element is to:

The City welcomes your input throughout the development and implementation of the Housing Element Update 2014. The Draft Update is available on the City's General Plan webpage, as well as at City Hall and Ferndale Library. You are invited to review the Draft and attend the meetings at Ferndale City Hall listed below.

Public Hearings:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 7 p.m. (Planning Commission)
Thursday, September 4, 2014 7 p.m. (City Council)

Help Plan for the Future of Ferndale

Ferndale Focused on Safety and Hazard Mitigation

Natural disasters can have significant impacts on communities. They can destroy or damage life, property and infrastructure, local economies, and the environment. Exposure to natural hazards is inevitable but, with appropriate mitigation, such occurrences do not have to be disasters. The City of Ferndale is currently working on multiple projects to prepare for and mitigate against the impacts of hazards.

Since August of 2012, the City of Ferndale has been working to update its Safety Element. This required General Plan element aims to reduce the potential risks to persons and property and economic and social dislocation resulting from fires, floods, earthquakes, landslides, and other hazards. The Planning Commission has hosted several study sessions and public meetings to solicit public input and participation.

Meanwhile, a coalition of Humboldt County special services districts and cities, including Ferndale, is embarking on a planning process to update the Humboldt Operational Area Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). This plan was drafted in 2008 to prepare for and lessen the impacts of specified natural disasters county-wide. The County has assumed the lead role in updating the overall plan. Individual cities are responsible for assisting in updating the hazard and vulnerability assessments and the mitigation action strategies for their respective jurisdictions. The City Manager has taken the lead on updating the Ferndale Annex of the HMP and is serving as Chairman of county-wide partners Steering Committee. This committee acts as spokespersons for the planning effort and conducts regular public meetings. For more information visit:

Lastly, Ferndale has taken advantage of the California Energy Commission’s Local Energy Assurance Planning program’s (CaLEAP) offer of cost-free technical assistance to prepare an Energy Assurance Plan (EAP) in conjunction with the HMP update. The EAP will help Ferndale become more resilient to energy supply interruptions during an emergency, ensuring that critical facilities within the community continue to function. See CaLEAP’s website for more information:

Drainage Report

A Drainage Master Plan has been accepted by the City Council. This plan will guide drainage expenditures for the next ten years.

Holiday Calendar of Events

For information and photos, please link to the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce web site.

New in Ferndale?

New Property Owners in the City of Ferndale may find the following list of items helpful.

For information concerning the above or any other laws or restrictions feel free to contact the City of Ferndale at 707-786-4224.

Employment Opportunities

The city currently has no openings; however, you may download and send us an application if you would like us to keep it on file.