1. ROADS AND TRAFFIC
The City of Ferndale is posed to experience a significant growth in the years ahead and it is imperative to implement safer and more efficient roads to allow for this growth while preserving the quality of life of the existing community throughout the following:
a) Improve existing roads and consider additional alternatives to more easily and safely accommodate the growing traffic, particularly at peak hours.
b) Create the incentives for a more walk-able community, by creating safer sidewalks and bicycle paths where children and seniors can feel more comfortable to move around.
c) Implement more and better signage particularly in residential areas to reduce accidents.
d) Improve the lighting around parks to allow for more safe and longer hours of their use.
e) Creative yet inexpensive solutions like these to make our city safer and more fun to walk
2. MORE EFFICIENT URBAN GROWTH & DISTRIBUTION
One of the most important challenges that the City of Ferndale will experience as part of the growth boom in the years ahead shall be the demand for housing. As we know, it is not feasible to simply keep expanding into the surrounding land; mainly because it implies extending roads, water and sewer lines for the city to maintain; not to mention the diminishing of land for agriculture. Therefore, the logic option is increasing the density to allow more homes in certain areas of the city. In this aspect, I will support the following:
a) Implement and extend the “zero-lot line” code.
b) Allow for the orderly use of backyard cottages or Accessory Dwelling Units (“ADUs”) in convenient areas of the city.
c) Creation of incentives and programs for the improvement of existing housing and self-supported retirement communities
d) Creation of incentives and programs for the improvement of existing housing.
3. INVIGORATION AND REVAMPING THE DOWNTOWN AREA.
I believe the downtown core is not only central but the true economic heart of our city. Valuable architecture and natural resources such as the Nooksack river are waiting to be integrated as key attractions not only for locals to enjoy but also for visitors and tourist who can bring an important economic injection to Ferndale. In this aspect I will support:
a) Work with the Local, State, Federal, environmental and Native authorities to create a first class “River Walk” along the Nooksack river, to make downtown Ferndale a regional tourist destination.
b) Improve zoning to allow for the multi-use of properties to accommodate commercial, office and residential units to better use the limited parking space.
c) Create incentives for property owners and developers to faster improve properties along the downtown core. This will also bring additional revenue for the city to re-invest in the community.
d) Support the downtown neighbors to associate and work with them for the improvement of this vital area and to create incentives to attract a good mix of highly desirable businesses, start-ups, artist galleries and merchants to invigorate the downtown core.
4. RESIDENTIAL SUN, WIND AND RAIN WATER HARVESTING.
As a father, an avid hiker and a nature fan, I am concerned for the conservation of our environment. I will support down-to-earth environmental programs and solutions that are proven and economically realistic, among them:
a) Incentives for the installation of solar panel systems to reduce the consumption of energy.
b) Creation of Residential Rainwater Harvesting to be used in plants and landscape irrigation to reduce the waste of costly potable water for this matter.
c) Incentives for the use of wind harvesting systems that are compatible with the local architecture.
d) Creation of more community-shared vegetable gardens to provide with more economic and healthy sources of food for our community.