Town of Paradise Weekly Recovery Update 3-30-22

CURRENT STATISTICS

Single Family Homes in Development

2,244 Building Permit Applications Received

  • 1,575 Stick Built / 669 Manufactured

2,065 Building Permits issued

1,307 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

 

Multi-Family Homes in Development

487 Multi-Family Unit Applications Received

379 Multi-Family Unit Permits Issued

257 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 are highlighting A Stitch Above Embroidery & Shirt Printing. A Stitch Above Embroidery & Shirt Printing has been serving the Ridge community since 2013. “Stitch” is a full service shop offering custom embroidery, uniforms, patches, hats, jackets and shirt printing with no minimums. For “Ridge Rising” gear and other Paradise Pride merchandise, visit the Stitch online storefront on the Paradise Ridge Marketplace. Delivery available in Paradise.

 

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.


WHAT’S NEW?

We Want to Hear from You! Important Survey for Recovery

3 Years into recovery, a lot has changed! The Town of Paradise is updating our Long Term Community Recovery Plan, originally adopted in June 2019, to reflect all the changes and lessons learned in our community. Just like the first Plan, we need to hear from our residents.  Please take this 7 -minute online survey to give us your thoughts on recovery so far and vision for the future. In addition to the survey, we will have virtual and in-person meetings in the near future to gather community input on the update to the Plan:

Wednesday, April 27 — Virtual Community Meeting

Thursday, April 28 — In-Person Open House 

To see the current plan, visit the Long-Term Recovery Plan page.

Paradise Fire Engine E381 Selected to Participate in “2022 Fire Truck Face-Off!”

Golden State Fire Apparatus, Inc. is hosting an official 2022 Fire Truck Face-Off, where 32 fire trucks from the Bay Area, Central, and Northern California were randomly chosen to compete in an NCAA-style event. 

The winner will receive $1,000 towards a charity of their choice, a bronze plaque for their truck, AND bragging rights! This year all voting will take place on Facebook stories, so be sure to vote for Paradise Fire Engine E381. For full details, brackets and standings visit: firetruckfaceoff.com.

Paradise Irrigation District Update

Download the Dropcountr app to see how and when you’re using water. The app is provided free and allows you to take control of your water consumption charges by monitoring your daily water use so you can make any needed adjustments. 

Total Customers: 8,784

Active customers: 4,092

Properties with cleared water: 4181

View the interactive PID water quality assurance sampling map here.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Honey Run Covered Bridge Informational Event, April 1

Do you want to learn more about the rebuild of the Honey Run Covered Bridge? Join the informational event from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 1 hosted by Walt Schafer, the president of the Honey Run Covered Bridge Association. Taking place at the Honey Run Covered Bridge, this event will touch on the rebuild progress and the phase 1 highlights including columns, foundation, abutments, and slope protection. For more information, visit the PRPD Facebook page.

Paradise Piranhas Swim Team Sign-Up, April 1

Sign your child up for the Paradise Piranhas Swim Team! Whether they would like to compete or just improve their swimming skills, the summer 2022 team would be a great experience. The season begins in May and goes through July. Registration opens on April 1. Click here for more information and registration. 

Paradise Eagles Lodge Grand Opening, March 31-April 3

Check out the beautiful, new Paradise Eagles Lodge at the four day grand opening! On March 31 from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. there will be a ribbon cutting, a bar and food truck, live music, and a raffle. On April 1 through April 3 from 12 p.m.-8 p.m., the lodge is open for visitors to tour the new building, play some pool, and enjoy a food truck and open bar. The facility is located at 9079 Skyway, Paradise. Contact aerie2960paradise@yahoo.com for more information.

Free Green Waste Disposal for Butte County Residents, April 4, 12, 21, & 29

For Butte County Residents living in the wildland urban interface, there are designated days to dispose of green waste for free. On April 4, 12, 21, or 29, take your green waste to the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility in Paradise from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on requirements and the schedule for the upcoming months, visit the Town of Paradise Facebook page.

Paradise Town Council Meeting, April 12

The regular meeting for Paradise Town Council is held the 2nd Tuesday of every month. View the link to the agenda at the Town of Paradise website, and view online or attend in person (limited capacity)

Kids Easter “Fun” Day, April 16

Bring your family out for an early Easter celebration on Saturday, April 16. Beginning at 11 a.m., there will be hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, horse-rides, and give-aways! This exciting event will be located at the Ridge Lifeline Church at 5445 Clark Rd., Paradise. Call 530-327-4155 for more information. 

Welcome to Paradise Sign Dedication, April 21

Join the community in celebrating the dedication of the Welcome to Paradise Sign at the Gold Nugget Museum. This exciting event begins at 2 p.m. on April 21 and light refreshments will be served. For more information visit the Paradise Chamber website.

Camp Fire Pets Memorial Dedication, April 24

On April 24 from 2-6 p.m., there will be a ceremony unveiling the new Camp Fire Pets Memorial, dedicated to the pets, farm animals and wild animals who were lost in the 2018 Camp Fire. Sacramento-based pet rescuer Gina Schaeffer has raised $25,000 over the last three years and collected the individual photos and names of thousands of personal pets to be placed on the memorial. The memorial is a 4,000-pound granite slab with a remembrance bench located at Bille Park in Paradise, California. 


RESOURCES

Assembly Bill 1249 Update

The Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce has announced its support of AB-1249: Assemblyman James Gallagher has introduced AB 1249, which would clarify California’s tax code to exclude all types of claimants from paying state taxes on compensation for damages received out of PG&E’s “Fire Victims Trust.” This would help ensure fire victims receive just compensation for the economic and non-economic damages caused by the fires. Learn more about the bill here.

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 their website here, or email CHIPgeneral@chiphousing.org.

 

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 the VCE website 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 here.  

 

Funding Options for Those Rebuilding after the Camp Fire

  1. NEW – Septic Repair and Replacement Grant – Up to $17,000 to assist qualifying property ownersGrants of up to $17,000 available to assist qualifying property owners who were uninsured or underinsured with the repair or replacement of septic systems damaged during the Camp Fire. The program funds cover eligible costs of a licensed and Town approved contractor to repair or replace a septic system to serve a residential structure. This grant is funded by the California State Water and Resources Control Board. For more information on eligibility visit the Town of Paradise website or contact the Septic Grant Technician at (530) 872-6291 x429 or eclemens@townofparadise.com.
  2. 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 the Recover CA website. If you need assistance with the survey, contact Butte County OOR Case Managers Brittney Murray or Glen Johnson at (916) 202-1764.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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 the Rebuild Paradise website.

 

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.