Town of Paradise Weekly Recovery Update 12-15-21

CURRENT STATISTICS

BUILDING UPDATES

Single Family Homes in Development

2,050 Building Permit Applications Received

  • 1,421 Stick Built / 629 Manufactured

1,884 Building Permits issued

1,161 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Multi-Family Homes in Development

396 Multi-Family Unit Applications Received

367 Multi-Family Unit Permits Issued

242  Multi-Family Unit Permits Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

*Each “unit” represents a home for a family in Paradise.

If you are a multi-family housing developer and wish to meet with the Town, please call Kate Anderson, Housing Program Supervisor, at 530.872.6291 x 122, or email kanderson@townofparadise.com


BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Provided by the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce: Every week, we will spotlight a business in Paradise to encourage shopping locally and supporting economic recovery in Paradise – and maybe uncover a business you haven’t heard of before! All businesses featured in the business spotlights can be found in Paradisechamber.com’s online business directory.

This week, we’re highlighting Hands On Dog Training. Hands On Dog Training helps dog owners deepen the bond they share with their dogs by offering reward-based positive training methods. They aim to make training your dog less stressful and more fun, for the family and your dog! Free 30-minute consultations available. Visit Hands On Dog Training in ParadiseChamber.com’s online business directory here

Thinking of opening a business in Paradise? The Town of Paradise offers Business Development meetings for prospective business owners to go over the process of opening a business in Paradise.  Call Colette Curtis at (530) 872-6291 x112 or email her at ccurtis@townofparadise.com to schedule an appointment.


TOWN COUNCIL UPDATE

New Mayor & Vice Mayor Selected

At the December 14th Paradise Town Council meeting, Steve Crowder was reelected as the Mayor and the decision confirmed that he will serve another term. Greg Bolin was elected as the Vice Mayor and the decision was made that he will be serving as the Vice Mayor for the next term. To watch the results announced during the Town Council meeting click here.


EVENTS

Gold Nugget Museum Holiday Ribbon Cutting, December 16

Come by the Gold Nugget Museum for a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Thursday, December 16! This event will be located at the new museum property at 475 Pearson Road, Paradise from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a tour of the facility and light refreshments as the community celebrates this long awaited achievement! Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Good Country Dinner and Dance, December 17

Join a night of dinner and dancing while listening to the live performance of the Good Country Band! This event is on December 17 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 5738 Pentz Rd. The dinner is free, but a donation is greatly appreciated! For more information, call Teri Day at (530) 877-9923. 

Paradise Alliance Church Presents Christmas Movie Special, December 17

Grab a lawn chair and blanket and come enjoy the Christmas Movie Special at the Paradise Alliance Church. On Friday, December 17 there will be a showing of Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. The movies will take place in the Paradise Alliance Church gym beginning at 6:30 p.m. Call (530) 877-7069 for more information.

Northern California Ballet Presents The Nutcracker, December 17-19

From the captivating dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to the iconic snow scene, this classical ballet set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky continues to enthrall audiences of all ages. The ballet takes place Friday, December 17 at 7:15 p.m., Saturday, December. 18 at 2:15 p.m. & 7:15 p.m., and Sunday, December. 19, at 2:15 p.m at the Paradise Performing Arts Center. Reserved seating is $20.00. General seating is $15 for adults and $12 for 16 & under. Call (530) 990-1677 or visit https://paradiseperformingarts.com/ for more information.

6th Annual Christmas Party for Kids on the Ridge, December 18

Bring your kids ages 2 to 12 to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Veterans Memorial Hall on December 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event will provide lunch and many fun activities for the kids including a bounce house and games. For more information, contact Lawrence St. Germain at (530) 693-5891. 

The Yule Logs Winter Wonderland Performance, December 18

Enjoy a FREE concert while you skate at the Terry Ashe Recreation Center on December 18. The Yule Logs Winter Wonderland Performance begin at 6:30 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. This concert is free to the public, but donations are gladly accepted to keep the music and ice in Paradise. For more information, visit www.paradisechamber.com.

Paradise Friends of the Library Book Sale, December 18

Perfect for stocking stuffers or catching up with a good read during the holidays. The sale goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the library at 5922 Clark Rd, Paradise! Prices start at 50 cents for paperbacks with larger paperbacks at 75 cents, $1 for hard covers. 

Children’s paperback books are 25 cents, with hardback children’s books 50 cents. Special books will be marked higher. All proceeds benefit the Paradise Public Library.

Santa Visit, December 19 

Don’t miss out on a FREE visit and photo opportunity with Santa on December 19! This event will take place at the Hope Church at 14126 Skyway, Magalia. Bring your family out from noon to 2 p.m. and enjoy cookies, popcorn, and a hot chocolate bar. For more information, call the Hope Church at (530) 877-7378.

Traditional Educational Knowledge Native Seed Workshop, December 19

Learn about the native seeds of Paradise at the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Native Seed Workshop on December 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will teach you about basic seed anatomy, gathering and processing seeds, and fire-adapted seeds. Light refreshments will be provided, but it is recommended that you bring your own water bottle, snack, closed toed shoes, hat, trowel, notebook, and pen. Join this event at the Sol Sanctuary Ranch at 4791 Round Valley Ranch Rd. in Paradise. This event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information and sign up, visit tekchico.org.

Paradise on Ice OPEN Now Through January 17

Paradise on Ice is now back through January 17! Come out for a fun day of ice skating with your family and friends. Paradise on Ice offers public skate, adult skate, lessons, private rentals, and party rooms! The ice rink will be open daily (weather permitting) and the hours are: Mon-Thurs 2:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m., Friday 12 p.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.- 10 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m.- 8 p.m.

The ice rink is located at the Terry Ashe Recreation Center in Paradise. For more information, visit www.paradiseprpd.com/ice-rink-hours-fees


RESOURCES

Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) Expanding Mutual Self-Help Housing Program in Paradise

If you are a lot owner in Paradise looking to rebuild OR you are interested in helping build a new home for your family in Town, you may be eligible to be a part of the new self-help housing program from CHIP. Eligible families meeting low income requirements and other criteria will appreciate affordable monthly payments, the ability to help build your own home, no down payment, and a low fixed interest rate. No construction experience necessary! To find out if you are eligible or to request an application, call (530) 891-6931 or 1-888-912-4663, visit www.chiphousing.org, or email CHIPgeneral@chiphousing.org.

Paradise Irrigation District Update

With the return of water consumption billing, PID customers are asking how this change will affect their monthly water bill.  We have information available at https://pidwater.com/metersto help Paradise residents prepare for and estimate their future water bills.  PID will notify customers ahead of time with an example bill to show them what to expect. Customers can also download a mobile app (dropcountr) to help them monitor water usage and alert them to unexpected water use or a leak.

  • Total Customers: 8,794

  • Active customers: 4,033

  • Properties with cleared water: 3674

  • Metered billing resumes in January of 2022.

Surveillance monitoring of distribution system: 1270 system samples since Sept 2020; one had a detect for benzene but when resampled was non-detect (as of October 28, 2021)

View the interactive PID water quality assurance sampling map. https://pidwater.com/water-quality

Home Builders Resource Connection Online Plan Room

The Rebuild Paradise Foundation (RPF) and Valley Contractors Exchange (VCE) have partnered to launch Home Builders Resource Connection Online Plan Room! This FREE tool is intended to connect the dots between those looking to rebuild after the devastating fires Butte County has experienced in 2018 and 2020 and contractors that can perform this work. To learn more about the Online Plan Room, please visit https://vceonline.com/HBRC/ or contact VCE at (530) 343-1981.

 

Shop Local Online! Paradise Ridge Marketplace Available

The Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce has provided the Paradise Ridge Marketplace to keep your shopping local. Purchase some of your favorite Ridge items, such as Ridge Rising apparel and other fun member products. New items are added frequently. Learn more at www.ShopParadiseRidge.com.  

Funding Options for Those Rebuilding after the Camp Fire

  1. NEW – Grants Up to $200,000 Available for those Rebuilding after the Camp Fire

    The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) recently announced the Disaster Housing Assistance Survey for survivors of the 2018 wildfire disasters is now open. Homes damaged or destroyed by the Camp Fire may be eligible for up to $200,000; and low- to moderate-income households will receive priority.

    If you are a disaster survivor and wish to see if you qualify for the ReCoverCA Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (OOR Program), start by taking the 2018 Disaster Housing Assistance survey available at https://recover.hcd.ca.gov/.  If you need assistance with the survey, contact Butte County OOR Case Managers Brittney Murray or Glen Johnson at (916) 202-1764.

  2. Up to $150,000 in low-interest, deferred Loans for homeowners (can be used even if insurance funds and/or FEMA funds have been spent)

    The Town of Paradise offers deferred, low-interest loans to low and moderate income households rebuilding after the Camp Fire. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, click here or call the Town’s Housing Department at (530) 872-6291 x122. We are happy to answer any questions you might have. 

  3. Missing Middle Grant – Up to $5,000 to qualifying middle-class or lower middle-class households

    Rebuild Paradise Foundation is offering grant funding that is awarded as reimbursement for the following pre-construction costs: up to $2,000(max) for survey costs, up to $2,000(max) for architecture/engineering fees and up to $1,000(max) for water related expenses. For more information on eligibility and to apply, visit www.rebuildparadise.org.

Town Hall and the Building Resiliency Center Open to the Public 

Town Hall and the Building Resiliency Center (BRC), both on Skyway are open to the public. Town Hall and Town Meetings are open to the public with limited seating and social distancing procedures in place. The BRC is accepting walk-ins and individuals are requested to ring the bell located by the front doors to enter. This will ensure social distancing requirements can be met.

The Town is also available by phone. Please call (530) 872-6291 for existing appointments or to schedule a new appointment.

Below are the extensions for assistance: 

  • Business and Housing x126 or x130

  • Code Enforcement x110

  • Finance Department x121

  • Tree Advocates x162 or x163 

  • Building Resiliency Center x411

  • General Information x101     

Have questions regarding your rebuild? Rebuild Advocates are here to help!  

If you need help navigating the rebuild process, the Town of Paradise has Rebuild Advocates available to assist. They can help with the following:  Navigating insurance, FEMA or SBA, understanding additional financing options, selecting a contractor, submitting plans, or any part of the rebuild process.  They are available at the Building Resiliency Center by appointment only. Please call 530.872.6291 x429 x430 to make an in-person (depending on COVID status) or phone appointment today!


Make it Paradise Newsletter

This newsletter is designed to keep you informed of the ongoing recovery efforts as we rebuild Paradise.  Each week you will receive a newsletter with events, current numbers (building permits, etc.), current topics and a weekly Q&A.

Occasionally, we may send out an extra newsletter pertaining to an upcoming event or important information.