Town of Paradise Weekly Recovery Update 5-12-21

CURRENT STATISTICS

BUILDING UPDATES

Single Family Homes in Development

1,668 Building Permit Applications Received

  • 1,116 Stick Built / 552 Manufactured

1,513 Building Permits issued

805  Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Multi-Family Homes in Development

307 Multi-Family Unit Applications Received

Breakdown*:

  • 47 Duplexes

  • 1 Triplex

  • 14 Developments with 4-10 units

  • 4 Developments with 10-30 units

  • 3 Developments with 30+ units

305 Multi-Family Unit Permits Issued

143  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

GOVERNMENT HAZARD TREE REMOVAL UPDATE (As of May 10, 2021)

Paradise

38,963 Hazardous Trees Marked*

30,738 Trees Felled

79% Complete

Butte County

57,827 Hazardous Trees Marked*

34,405 Trees Felled

59% 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 court-ordered hazardous tree removal proceedings. Please note, hazardous tree court-ordered removal 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.

Temporary Road Closure of New Skyway for Hazard Tree Removal Operations

New Skyway will have a full road closure between Pentz Road and Coutolenc Road, with no thru traffic. The plan calls for daily closures from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM beginning Thursday, April 29, until Wednesday, May 19, 2021. The closure is necessary to perform Hazard Tree Removal Operations.


BUSINESS UPDATE

New Businesses

The Town is excited to be working with several businesses opening in Town! 

  • Grocery Outlet will be opening this fall at their new location 6800 Skyway (the old CVS location). 

  • Barney O’Rourke’s is rebuilding in their original location on Elliott, having submitted their permits last week.  

  • A microbrewery is looking to build a brewery and beer garden in downtown Paradise. 

  • Burnt Barn Distillery is planning a brand new building in the south western part of Town to provide a destination for fine-spirit enthusiasts. They plan to open in the spring of 2022. 

Business Walks

In partnership with the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce, the Town has begun holding business walks to reach out to our business community.  The first walk was held on Tuesday May 11th, with 15-20 businesses visited. Initial feedback indicated businesses are seeing higher sales volume and foot traffic over the last few months with clientele a mix of workforce (contractors, etc.) and residents. Notably, several businesses said former Paradise residents living elsewhere in the north state drive to Paradise to support their favorite businesses. There’s just something special about Paradise!

The Town will continue to conduct business walks on a regular basis to check in, gather information and provide resources to our vital local businesses.   


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 Déjà Vu – Gardens Galore Nursery.  Déjà Vu – Gardens Galore Nursery of Paradise, aka “the Vu,” is the destination spot in Paradise for your landscaping needs! Specialty trees? Privacy hedges? Fountains? Garden supplies? Whatever you need, the Vu has it! Now located at the previous “Mendon’s” nursery, Déjà Vu is back on the Ridge at 5424 Foster Road, Paradise.

If you’d like to know more about what plants are sale (hot pepper starts, anyone?) or for more information, call (530) 990-4205 or visit dejavu-gardensgalorenursery.com

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

Paradise Town Council Voted to Extend Housing Urgency Ordinance

At their meeting on Tuesday May 11, Town Council voted to extend the deadline for the Housing Urgency Ordinance which temporarily allows residents to live on their property in RVs until September 30, 2021, while still allowing residents who can show progress towards rebuilding to live on their property in RVs until Dec. 31, 2021.  This extension applies only to residents who have already applied for their Temporary Use Permit (TUP), no new TUPs will be issued without a building permit.   As of January 1, 2022, residents may live on their property in an RV but must have an active building permit to do so.  You can watch the Council Meeting online here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GfGCcQw2Aw 

  • For questions about this change, please call Town Hall at (530) 872-6291 x411

  • For questions about the Town’s Housing Programs, please call (530) 872-6291 x122

  • To talk to a Rebuild Advocate for housing assistance, please call (530) 872-6291 x411

Paradise Sewer Project Public Scoping Meetings – May 13 and 25, 2021

The Town of Paradise is hosting our first of two virtual public meetings this Thursday for the Paradise Sewer Project. Your participation and input matters so join us online or by phone to learn more about this vital proposed project and talk directly with the project team.

Visit www.paradisesewer.com for meeting details or to submit comments during the project’s 30-day scoping period, which will end at 5 p.m. PDT on June 3.

 

Disaster Resistant Business Workplace Free Webinar

Learn how to prioritize operations to make better strategic decisions post-disaster, reduce losses and keep your doors open in this free webinar presented by DRB Toolkit and supported by Cal OES and FEMA. No experience necessary and teams are invited to watch together. Learn more at www.DRBToolkit.org/norcal.

 

Gold Nugget Craft Faire on June 12th

This annual event will be held at the Terry Ashe Recreation Center featuring a variety of crafts created by artisans from all over Northern California, Oregon, and Nevada. An assortment of food vendors will also be available.

 

Free Kids Fishing Day at Paradise Lake on May 15th

Paradise Recreation and Parks District (PRPD) is hosting a free kids fishing day on Saturday, May 15th from 6:00am to 2:00 p.m. (rain or shine) at Paradise Lake. This is for ages 15 years old and under. If you or your child do not have fishing gear, come anyway. Some gear can be provided thanks to several sponsors. Learn more at www.paradiseprpd.com/fishing-derby-2021

 

Adopt-a-Forest Day with Fire Safe Council on Saturday, May 15th.

Trash pick-up and Broom pulling forest maintenance day to be held on Saturday, May 15th from 9:00am to 3:00pm. You’re invited to join the USDA Forest Services in reducing wildfire risk and restoring forest health at this workday, held on public land. Learn more at https://buttefiresafe.net/adopt-a-forest-community-event/.

 

Rediscover the Ridge Released New Video about the History of the Paradise Ridge

Last week, Rediscover the Ridge launched a new video entitled “The Spirit of a Pioneer.” Local historians from the Gold Nugget Museum talk about the history of the Paradise Ridge and the origins of the Gold Nugget Days celebration. Visit resdicovertheridge.org to watch the video and stay in the loop for more updates.

 

Party in the Park Returns June 16-August 4

The Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the return of this well-loved summer event. Party in the Park Music & Marketplace is a seasonal tradition of local pride and community vitality in the historic heart of Paradise. With its Farmers’ Market, Kids’ Zone, talented bands and performers, arts, crafts, local organizations and eclectic products, Party in the Park is a celebration of all that makes us Paradise. Booth applications and full information available by clicking “Register Now” on this page. Event information on the Chamber website. For sponsorship information, contact Monica@ParadiseChamber.com.


RESOURCES

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!

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.  

 

New Web Page on Transportation Infrastructure Recovery Efforts

The Town of Paradise continues to post additional information, news, and updates on its re-designed website, which was unveiled in March. Most recently, a new page dedicated to the transportation infrastructure recovery efforts has been added to the Recovery & Rebuilding section. The page features detailed information about the development of the Town’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP), which is currently underway, as well as a form to provide feedback on the TMP or other transportation-related projects. Information on future public workshops, and how to register to attend, will be posted on the page as events are scheduled. Additional project updates and materials will also be posted as they become available. Click here to visit the page: https://www.townofparadise.com/pwe/page/transportation-recovery-efforts.      

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. 


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.