Frequently Asked Questions
Latest Questions & Answers
A. There are two gas stations open right now in Paradise – the 76 Station/Skyway Mart at Skyway and Neal, and Fastrip at Skyway and Clark. We are working on contacting other gas station owners to find out their plans and if there is anything the Town can do to assist them in reopening.
A. From a financial perspective, there is no condition under which the Town would be forced to disincorporate. Even cities that go through bankruptcy (Stockton CA), retain their jurisdictional autonomy. The Town has secured property tax backfill for three years from the State of California, as well as the proposed settlement funds from PG&E which will allow the Town to operate through the recovery process.
A. Right now the recovery projects in the Recovery Plan are sorted into three tiers for priority, with the top tier being the highest priority. You can find what tier each project is in by looking at the project pages in the Recovery Plan. Town Council will also discuss priorities for the next fiscal year at the Council meeting on July 23rd 2019.
A: Prior to the fire, the Town worked with the Fire Safe Council and Cal Fire to create as many fire breaks as possible in and around Town. We will continue to create fire breaks wherever we can utilize the property that is available to us.
A. The most common reason plans are kicked back in the initial review is for lacking the septic portion of the submittal. There is an application for onsite (in the building packet) that is often overlooked. Also, we recommend residents check their septic information early in the process. We have had a lot of people who had a “3 bedroom house” but the septic was only for a 2 bedroom – possibly there was an unpermitted addition at some point. If they bought the home that way, they probably don’t know the septic doesn’t allow for 3 bedrooms. Perhaps Mike could speak to the most common issues that come up in plan review.
A. The Town’s Fire inspector is Chris Rainey. He is currently identifying and contacting properties that require weed abatement. The Town plans to follow our normal process of contacting, notifying and then citing if necessary to gain compliance. We recognize this is a big issue, and we are looking at staffing to see how many inspectors are needed for this task.
A: Pools, or any standing water on a property, can be a big problem due to mosquitos. Residents should take action to prevent their pool or water feature from becoming a mosquito breeding ground. Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District (BCMVC) has great information on what residents can do on their website: http://www.bcmvcd.com
A: Trees remain a top priority for the Town of Paradise. For trees in the public right of way, the Town has hired an arborist to identify trees that need to be removed. So far about 3,900 have been identified by the arborist, and they will be removed over the next 4-8 months. For trees on private property, the Town is still working with our recovery partners, Cal OES and FEMA, on a program that would help with the cost of removal. Butte County Fire Safe Council is also applying for grants that will help property owners offset the cost to remove trees on private property. As soon as these programs are confirmed, the Town will make the information about how to apply available.
A: All properties in the Town of Paradise with qualifying debris must have the debris removed for health and safety reasons. If a property owner has not turned in paperwork for either the state program or the alternative (private contractor) program, the property will go into the abatement process to remove the debris. After the property owner has been given a final opportunity to remove the debris, the debris will be removed by the Town, utilizing the state debris removal teams, at the expense of the property owner. The abatement process is generally more expensive than using either the state program or a private contractor, and we advise anyone who has not selected an option at this point to please contact Butte County at (530) 552-3155 to avoid the abatement process and select an option now.
A: If you are rebuilding, or even if you’re just thinking about it, the Home Builder Expo is a great place to start, and it’s free to attend! Here are three reasons to attend the expo: You will find informational booths from the Town of Paradise Building Department, Butte County, Cal OES, Paradise Irrigation District, Zone Captains and more!
Over 90 vendors will be on hand to share information about building materials and techniques, manufactures homes, modular homes, stick built homes, and concrete, and financing. Classes and educational sessions will be available on subjects like how to choose a contractor, avoiding scams, financing help etc. Enjoy local food trucks and a children’s play area.
A: The best place for individuals and families to get assistance is through Help Central. They provides three ways that residents of Butte and Glenn counties can receive immediate information and support.
1- Call the 2-1-1 helpline 24 hours/day for live help
2- Text your zip code to 898211 for live help
3- Search the free public database at HelpCentral.org (211glenn.info or Butte211.org)
A: The meeting on June 25th will be focused on the community vision for the long-term recovery. Through the visioning process that began in February and was facilitated by our planning consultant Urban Design Associates, 40 recovery projects were identified for long term recovery. Town Council will consider the plan and give direction on whether to move forward. Right now, the plan and the projects are general in nature, with details on each project to be worked out as recovery continues. These details will be presented in public and go through a public input process before any final decisions are made.
A: CC&R’s are rules and guidelines that communities may choose to impose on themselves. Not all communities have CC&R’s. The Town of Paradise does not enforce CC&R’s, enforcement is usually spelled out within the CC&R document and is the responsibility of a community board or group identified through the CC&R’s.
A: Town staff is meeting with NRWS next week to talk about this very topic. We want very much to help them reopen the green waste facility for the reasons you mentioned, understanding the cost to reopen it is currently prohibitive. We should have an update soon.
A: We would recommend speaking with your insurance company to get guidance on this.
A: Cal OES has told us that properties that were being assessed for environmental concerns are now moving through the process. For specific properties and timelines contact the Debris Removal Operation Center (DROC) at (530) 399-0434 or in person at 900 Fortress, suite 200 in Chico.
A: Cars in the public right of way have almost all been removed, however if you know of some, please send us the location and we will have CHP take care of their removal. Cars on private property will be removed during debris removal.
A: The Town of Paradise has provided the current building permit application list to the Disaster Recovery Operations Center (DROC) Planning and Operations Chief. Properties that have submitted building permit applications will be considered a priority when debris removal is being scheduled. The Town continues to update DROC with the list as new permits are submitted. Please note, this is not a guarantee of when your lot will be cleared. We understand things may not be moving fast enough. We hear you and are working with the DROC to speed up completion.
…they don't want to have to pay twice. Will there be a charge for standing home owners to underground from the street to home? Also, will they be undergrounding all streets?
A: The answer to this question would have to come from PG&E. We do not know the details of how this will work as of yet.