Public Engagement 

The City is mindful of the need for a robust and transparent public engagement process in order to ensure that the design of the project is:

  • Informed by stakeholder needs and desires;
  • Aligned with broad-based community values; and
  • Contained within the City’s desired budget parameters.

The public engagement process itself is intended to:

  • Raise awareness of the project’s benefits and possible amenities, while responding thoughtfully and with integrity to lessons learned through previous related efforts;
  • Enable transparent, open communication with stakeholders throughout;
  • Ensure that the experience of residents, businesses and visitors is as positive as possible both during construction and upon project completion.
Opportunities to Get Involved

Public engagement for the project will take three primary forms: focus groups, public meetings, and eNews.

Public meetings

An initial open public meeting will be held on December 13, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ferndale Public Library. All are welcome to attend! The purpose of the meeting is to:

  • Introduce the project;
  • Share early results of public engagement activities conducted to date;
  • Gather feedback on the community’s preferences, concerns, and interests regarding the scope and design of the project; and
  • Share opportunities to participate and/or learn more in months to come.

At least one additional public meeting will be scheduled for later in the winter to discuss the design options under consideration; information regarding construction staging, and construction-related traffic detour/parking mitigation plans will also be shared when available.

Preliminary survey

A brief survey was distributed to residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity of the site, in order to gather early thoughts on the project to inform the content and format of the focus groups and public meeting to follow.


Focus groups

The City of Ferndale is convening two focus groups, one for residents and one for business owners, to listen to their perspectives in more detail. In order to maintain a small enough group size for meaningful conversation, participation in this first round of focus groups is by invitation only, with invitees selected at random from those who indicated interest via the preliminary survey. If the community expresses significant interest in additional focus group conversation following the large, open public meeting, additional meetings may be convened.

Residential Focus Group: 12/5/16
Public Meeting: 12/13/16

Contact list

If you wish to receive updates about the project, please contact Joseph Gacioch, City of Ferndale Assistant City Manager at 248-546-2373 or Please be reassured that your information will not be used for any other purpose, and you can opt out at any time.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Joseph Gacioch, City of Ferndale Assistant City Manager at 248-546-2373 or