Town of Paradise Weekly Recovery Update 8-12-2020

Meetings

Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 6 pm 

Paradise Town Council Meeting

Virtual:  https://livestream.com/townofparadise

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 6pm      

Community Information Meeting


Current Statistics:

Single Family Homes

1,149 Building Permit Applications Received

(767 Stick built/382 Manufactured)

1,006 Building Permits issued

298    Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Multi-Family Units

172 Multi-Family Unit Permit Applications Received

134 Multi-Family Unit Permits Issued

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


Celebratory News:

The Town of Paradise has surpassed the 1000th building permit issued!  The first milestone was 1,000 building applications submitted. This new achievement means 1000+ new housing structures are underway.  Here we grow!


Change to Community Meeting Schedule – 2 Year Anniversary Recovery Update

Our next Community Information Meeting will be held on Thursday November 5, 2020 at 6pm.  We hope to be able to meet in person, but depending on COVID restrictions we will announce more details as the date approaches.  The Town and our other local agencies will take this opportunity to update our community on our progress in the two years since the Camp Fire.  Save the date for this important event!

Business Update:

Tractor Supply Co. Is opening a location in Paradise!  Tractor Supply will be opening in half of the Kmart building once their renovations are complete.  They are hoping to open this fall.  We’ll update as this project progresses, but we are excited to this business in Town to help our community recover.

Best Western is beginning to re-open.  11 rooms are currently open to the public, and they are working to have all 62 rooms open by the end of 2020.

Foothill Lumber is open!  This business is vital to our rebuild, visit them during their summer hours – Monday through Friday 7am to 4pm.

Butte Business Stabilization Program.  Butte County has received funding to help local businesses! 

Grant amounts:

  • $15,000 = 5 or fewer employees

  • $25,000 = 6-10 employees

  • $4,900,000 budget – anticipate assistance to 250+ businesses throughout Butte County

Eligible Use Examples:

  • Offset for financial impacts from business closures

  • Costs to modify business model based on impacts from COVID-19

  • Costs to adhere to the requirements for safely re-opening

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Business physically located and operating within Butte County

  • Demonstrated financial need as a result of COVID-19

  • 10 or fewer employees

  • No prior assistance from Paycheck Protection Program or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Relief Fund

  • Business located within a local jurisdiction that is adhering to State guidance related to COVID-19

  • Business will need to attest that they will adhere to State guidance related to COVID-19

  • Business will need to submit a Business Plan summary (no more than 1 page) detailing adaptation plans for next 12 months

The application process is still being formulated, we expect the application to begin in September 2020.  Contact Colette Curtis at ccurtis@townofparadise.com or (530) 872-6291 x112 for more information. 

What’s new: 

 

●        The Town Council Meeting was held Tuesday, August 11th via livestream. 

o    Staff gave a presentation on their outreach efforts to residents living in RVs ahead of the end of the Housing Urgency Ordinance.  Applications for permits to live in RVs (temporary use permits) declined sharply after December 2019.  There are 527 permitted RVs as of July 31, 2020, and an estimated 300 un-permitted RVs.  Staff is reaching out to these individuals to understand their needs and work on housing solutions and resources available. 

o    Council voted to approve an ordinance which would advise buyers of property in Paradise of the requirement to keep their property clear of weeds and brush.  The Town will inspect properties that are sold within 30 days of transfer to ensure properties are cleared to the standards provided in the ordinance.  If approved by Council at the second reading in September, the ordinance would go into effect in October 2020.

 

●        Curious about the pace of rebuilding in Paradise? Check out the Interactive Survey Mapping tool at RebuildParadise.org. Here you can view properties that have turned in their certificate of Survey with the Town for a building permit.  Bottom line? Construction is busy on the ridge.

 

●        The Private Hazardous Tree Assessment wraps up this week. 

Important:  There will be a deadline to sign up for either the State or Private Program.  Sign up now!

o    As of August 10th, the program is 93% complete with enrolled and unenrolled properties.

o    3,096 parcels are either complete or removed from eligibility.

o    Roughly 2,000 parcels have confirmed trees.

o    Once roadside assessments are complete, the Town will issue a courtesy notice via email to all those found to have hazardous trees to request they enroll in the State program.

 ●        Grant for Police Radios.  The North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) has awarded $48,690 as part of the Butte Strong Fund to purchase 6 hand-held radios for the Police Department.  This will improve communication with local safety agencies as we await funding for the complete restoration of the Radio System that is required after damage sustained in the Camp Fire.

●        Paradise Community Village is Rebuilding! The 36-unit affordable housing complex located of Clark Rd. which was destroyed in the fire is starting their rebuilding process.  They expect to be completed with construction by November 2021.

●        The Building Resiliency Center (BRC) Continues to Be Open.  The BRC continues to maintain operations during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist those seeking to rebuild.  The Center is open by appointment only and masks are required. The Rebuild Advocates are available to answer any questions you may have. Please call 530.872.6291 x411 to make an in-person (depending on COVID status) or phone appointment today!

●        Haven’t completed your Tree ROE? Don’t wait until it’s too late! There are still over 2,000 properties in The Town of Paradise that have not completed their TROE form. In order to remove all dead and dying trees there is an urgent need for all residents who have not completed this form to do make it a priority. Ask your neighbors, family and friends both in town and those who have been relocated out of state but still own property –Have you completed your TROE?

Download your ROE or inspection Access form here.  You can mail the form to PO Box 3390   Chico, CA 95927-3390 or email to TreeROE@buttecounty.net.  For questions, call the Tree ROE Information line at (530) 552-3030.

 

●        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 x411 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.