The Ferndale City Council passed a “good neighbor” policy that aims to remind builders to be thoughtful and respectful when operating in the city. The council also passed new construction hours for residential and commercial districts that will affect construction in Ferndale, including the Ferndale Haus development on Nine Mile Road near Planavon Street.

The Ferndale City Council passed a “good neighbor” policy that aims to remind builders to be thoughtful and respectful when operating in the city. The council also passed new construction hours for residential and commercial districts that will affect construction in Ferndale, including the Ferndale Haus development on Nine Mile Road near Planavon Street.

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Ferndale council passes policy, noise ordinance changes for builders

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published May 8, 2018

FERNDALE — Ferndale has been seeing its fair share of development, and to deal with its rise, the City Council approved a new policy and amendment to its noise ordinance for contractors.

The “good neighbor” policy was one of two actions approved by the council at its April 23 meeting that act as a reminder for builders and contractors in the city to be “respectful to the neighbors and use thoughtfulness (in) operating equipment, staging, storing materials, employee behavior and safety of site.”

The policy has 12 instructions for builders to follow, with the possibility that if there isn’t compliance or correction to violations within 24 hours, the construction might be forced to stop. Some of those instructions include using a 6-foot-high, rigid chain-link fence to secure the property; keeping sidewalks clear and passable; and keeping sites free of trash, debris and graffiti.

“Every project impacts people’s lives in different ways, and this is just sort of a reminder to those folks that are contractors doing work that they have to be mindful of that,” Community and Economic Development Director Jordan Twardy said. Twardy also said that a person to be hired for an inspector position will be tasked with monitoring work sites to make sure they are following the rules.

The amendment to the city’s noise ordinance deals with the construction hours that builders are allowed to operate. The hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Sundays in residential districts, and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays in commercial districts. 

“We wanted to leave flexibility for folks that were working on residential (projects),” Twardy said. “Let’s say you’re doing the weekend-warrior thing and you’re working on your home. We didn’t want to limit that, but it was sort of squarely aimed at controlling and hemming it and commercial construction on the weekends.”

Mayor Pro Tem Greg Pawlica had a concern with the commercial district hours, as there could be a possibility that a builder might work on a project at 9:30 p.m. on a Saturday night, which would infuriate residents next to that construction.

Twardy said the idea the city had coming into this meeting was that if the council wanted to further restrict the times, the city would be open to that, as it heard some opposition to those hours specifically.

“Maybe we haven’t heard a lot of rumblings because a lot of the projects have been commercial aligning commercial,” Pawlica said. “Even Ferndale Haus, it’s against one residential property, but when the apartments over here on East Nine Mile go up, all those people (nearby) are going to be really upset if there’s going to be construction at 9:30 at night. I would be. I wouldn’t want to put up with that.”

The policy and ordinance changes were passed by the council, with talk that it would bring back the ordinance hours at another time to look at the hours for commercial construction again.