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350 apartment development proposed in Ferndale

FERNDALE, Wash. — A public hearing by the City of Ferndale’s Hearing Examiner is scheduled for Tuesday, August 15th, at 1:30pm regarding a planned unit development (PUD) on Portal Way according to a recent public notice.

According to the most recently updated project narrative, the proposed PUD will include the following across the approximately 18-acre property located between McKinley Street and Kaas Rd on the east side of Portal Way.

  • 11 buildings
  • 350 multifamily dwelling units
  • 1 of the buildings will include 12,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor
  • 1 centrally located building will serve as a community clubhouse

Comments from Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to a traffic study done by the applicant mentioned “serious concerns” about an expected 20% traffic increase at a nearby I-5 interchange. As a result, they requested “that necessary mitigation measures be performed.”

According to the public notice, citizens can comment on the PUD between August 2nd and 15th by email to and by attending the meeting remotely (no in-person attendance information was provided in the notice) by following the information provided here.

City of Ferndale staff responded to an inquiry from Whatcom News stating, “in-person attendance for making a statement during the public hearing is encouraged (remote/phone comments also allowed). The meeting location is the City Annex, 5694 Second Avenue.”

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