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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:
- Preserve and improve housing and neighborhoods,
- Provide adequate housing sites,
- Assist in the provision of affordable housing,
- Remove governmental constraints to housing investment, and
- Promote fair and equal housing opportunities.
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.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 7 p.m. (Planning Commission)
Thursday, September 4, 2014 7 p.m. (City Council)
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: http://www.co.humboldt.ca.us/natural-resources/hazardmitigation/
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: http://www.caleap.org/
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.
- The City of Ferndale's website is http://ci.ferndale.ca.us, where you can find information about licenses, permits and land use, as well as City Council and Planning Commission agendas.
- Property owners are responsible for and must maintain sidewalks in front of their property.
- Property owners are responsible for keeping the curb and gutter clean in front of their property.
- Property owners who border the creek must keep the creek free of debris and flowing.
- Drainage easements may be the responsibility of the property owner and must be maintained.
- Sewer laterals must be inspected before the sale of any property with a City sewer hookup. Contact Public Works at 707-786-5040 or the Chief Plant Operator at 786-9694.
- Contact the city before allowing a sewer service agency to clear your sewer lines, as the city will not pay for blockages pushed into our lines.
- The City of Ferndale has a leash law. When dogs are outside they must be kept inside the yard or on a leash. Owners are responsible to pick up their dog's droppings.
- Properties in Design Review zones require a Design Review Use Permit before changing the outside appearance of any building. Examples of this include placing a sign in a commercial zone, painting the buildings, and changing siding, doors and windows.
- Properties in the Historic District or listed on the Historical Register must go through the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process to determine the significance of impacts to Archeological and Historic Resources. Contact City Hall for more information.
- Bed & Breakfasts, hotels, and motels pay a transient occupancy tax. (Bed Tax).
- Any place preparing or serving food will pay a fee for an annual health inspection.
- Anyone doing business in the City of Ferndale must have a Business License. Businesses in any zone other than commercial may require a home-occupation permit.
For information concerning the above or any other laws or restrictions feel free to contact the City of Ferndale at 707-786-4224.