Town of Paradise Weekly Recovery Update 3-31-21

CURRENT STATISTICS

BUILDING UPDATES

Single Family Homes in Development

1,585 Building Permit Applications Received

1,435 Building Permits issued

716  Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Multi-Family Homes in Development

307 Multi-Family Unit Applications Received

291 Multi-Family Unit Permits Issued

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

GOVERNMENT HAZARD TREE REMOVAL UPDATE (As of March 29, 2021)

Paradise

37,937 Hazardous Trees Marked*

20,027 Trees Felled

53% Complete

Butte County

52,403 Hazardous Trees Marked*

22,280 Trees Felled

43% Complete

*Enrolled properties are still being assessed.

If you are enrolled in the Government Hazard Tree Program and have questions about your property, please call 530.767.7011 or 530.767.7012.

If you are enrolled in the Private Program and your property has not been cleared, or you have not enrolled in any program, call the Tree Advocates at 530.872.6291 x162 or 163 to discuss your options before the Town begins abatement proceedings. Please note, hazardous tree abatement will be expensive and time-consuming for property owners and may place a lien on properties. Please call the Town today for your eligible hazardous tree removal options.


PARADISE 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! This week, we’re focusing on Joy Lyn’s Candies. Since 1969, Joy Lyn’s Candies has been a local tradition. Family owned and operated, Joy Lyn’s is famous for award winning chocolate and candies, including popular Beer Brittle made with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. These heavenly candies are made in Paradise with premium ingredients and carefully crafted to perfection.

Visit the sweet pink shop at 220 Pearson Road, Paradise, and check their Facebook page for updates, or call (530) 872-9167 for more information.

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

Grants 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.

 

Paradise Recreation and Park District Announces Temporary Closure of Bille Park for Hazard Tree Removal

Work to remove remaining hazardous trees at Bille park will begin next week and the Paradise Recreation and Park District anticipates that park will be closed until mid-April, weather permitting. The project is part of the government tree removal program administered nu the California Office of Emergency Services and Cal Recycle. The park will remain closed to the public for all public uses until April 15, 2021 with the possibility of earlier opening if the work is completed.

 

Septic System Evaluator Training April 15, 2021/Testing April 29, 2021

Septic system evaluators and pumpers require a special business license from the Town of Paradise which includes classroom training and testing. Those who successfully complete both are eligible to apply for a septic evaluator business license. If you are interested in becoming a licensed septic evaluator or pumper in the Town of Paradise please contact our Onsite Wastewater Division staff by calling (530) 872-6291 ext. 411 to get more information on the training and testing. Virtual Classes (Required) will be available on April 15, 2021 from 1-4pm and In-Person Testing (1-hr appointments) will be April 29, 2021 from 8am-4pm.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 plants, 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!

Sewer Regionalization Project Advisory Committee Meeting in April

Please join us at the April 12th meeting at 1pm. This will be a virtual meeting with more information to come. Please watch paradisesewer.com for more information.

 

Launch of the 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.

 

Butte County Fire Safe Council Brings Grazing to the Ridge for Fire Safety

Goats began grazing for fuels reduction on March 3rd, 2021, along the West Branch in Paradise to improve forest health and wildfire safety for homeowners and landowners. The work is being conducted through the Butte County Fire Safe Council (BCFSC), a local non-profit organization.

The grazing being conducted in Paradise is actively being managed by the BCFSC as a fuels reduction and restoration project post Camp Fire. The grazing is being implemented using a local herder that utilizes goats and sheep to reduce hazardous regrowing vegetation that poses a threat in future fires and prepares the project area for replanting of trees in the Spring of 2021.

The herds will be used to remove hazardous fuels on the east side of the Town of Paradise along Mountain View Dr. and adjacent to Shay Lane, stretching 1.15 miles, 100ft wide.

 As community members in Paradise rebuild and recover from the Camp Fire, grazing operations such as these will help protect them from the threat of future fires. These efforts utilizing grazing coincide with various restoration and fuels reduction projects the Butte County Fire Safe Council is conducting throughout Magalia, and the Camp Fire footprint. Funding for these projects provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments Program, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and My Sierra Woods.

For more information, contact the Butte County Fire Safe Council.


COMMUNITY EVENTS

Gold Nugget Days Last Weekend in April 2021

Save the date for traditional activities celebrating the Gold Nugget Days in the Town of Paradise, currently scheduled for the end of April 2021. Stay tuned for more details from the Gold Nugget Museum.  


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.