Town of Paradise Weekly Recovery Update 8-25-21

CURRENT STATISTICS

BUILDING UPDATES

Single Family Homes in Development

1,864 Building Permit Applications Received

  • 1,276 Stick Built / 588 Manufactured

1,717 Building Permits issued

986 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Multi-Family Homes in Development

355 Multi-Family Unit Applications Received

329 Multi-Family Unit Permits Issued

176  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!

 This week we’re highlighting Foothill Mill & Lumber Company. Serving the Ridge for 75 years, Foothill Mill & Lumber Company provides the best lumber and building supplies are available to the community. Their products include fencing, treated lumber, structural lumber, pavestone products, concrete siding products, and more. Additionally, bids are available on whole house packages. 

View their selections in person at 1698 Wagstaff, Paradise or call (530) 877-3395 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 Susan Hartman at (530) 872-6291 x417 or email her at shartman@townofparadise.com to schedule an appointment.


WHAT’S NEW

Housing Urgency Ordinance (RV Ordinance)

At their regular meeting on Aug. 10th the Paradise Town Council gave direction to staff to bring back changes to the Housing Urgency Ordinance for action at the September 14th Council meeting. The changes they directed include the following:

  • Residents living in RVs on property with a current Temporary Use Permit (including renters) will be allowed to stay on their property until April 30, 2023.

  • All “thresholds” regarding steps towards rebuilding will be waived, meaning residents will not be required to show steps towards rebuilding in order to stay.

  • Residents living in RVs with a Temporary Use Permit must resolve any Code Enforcement Violations and be in compliance with the requirements of the Temporary Use Permit by September 30, 2021.

  • A committee will be established by Town Council to review cases where exceptions to these rules may need to be considered.

This direction will be written into the Ordinance and brought back to Council at their Sept. 14th meeting, and if approved, would go into effect immediately.

Survey: Bicycling and Walking Network

Last week, the last of the Town’s Transportation Master Plan community meetings covered ideas for expansion to the Town’s Walking and Bicycling Network. Share your thoughts by taking the survey!

Music Under the Stars, August 29th at 5 p.m. at Bille Park Pavilion

The Paradise Symphony Orchestra is holding its first fundraiser for the 2021-2022 seasons. The event will be at the Bille Park Pavilion on West Wagstaff Road. Auction activities and music by the Symphony Orchestra.Tickets available at https://paradisesymphony.org/events/.

 

The Wild Women of Winedale, August 26-September 11

Theatre on the Ridge presents a new comedy as the second in its 2021 season.Running Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, August 26 through September 11, The Wild Women of Winedale is a “joyful and exuberant comedy from the authors of The Dixie Swim Club that focuses on three women at crossroads in their lives.” Tickets available at totr.org.

 

Jordan St. Cyr at Paradise Performing Arts Center, September 11

A free show beginning at 7 p.m. at the Paradise Performing Arts Center at 777 Nunneley Road

Paradise, CA 95969. For more information, visit Paradise Performing Arts Center Facebook page.

 

Paradise Chocolate Fest Postponed

After careful deliberation, given increasing public health concerns and serious recent surges in reported infections of the highly contagious Delta Variant of COVID 19 in our region, Paradise Chocolate Fest organizers have postponed the event to Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Terry Ashe Park. Dates for additional Fest fundraising events include “Chocolate, Wine & Brew,” “Chocolate Chase” and “Chocolate Thunder Motorcycle Run” will be announced soon. A Grant Award will still be distributed to each of this year’s beneficiary organizations in pursuit of the mission of “Sweetening Kids’ Lives.”

Dixie Fire Update

There are still no evacuation orders or evacuation warnings for the Town of Paradise. The Town continues to monitor the Dixie Fire closely with Cal Fire and Butte County. However, it is important to be prepared and have a plan for your family, animals, and home. If you feel unsafe at any time, you should leave. Visit the CalFire/Butte County Facebook page and Butte County Sheriff Facebook page for current updates.

Be Ready, Butte!

Preparing for wildfires is part of our new normal, so Butte Fire Safe Council, Butte County Fire, and Cal Fire have partnered to help you get Ready, Set, Go when wildfire strikes. Keep an eye out for fire-safe tips and resources when you see “Be Ready, Butte”! Visit buttefiresafe.net for more information.

Hazard Tree Removal Program Update

As the Hazard Tree Removal Program winds down to a close, the Town of Paradise, CalOES, and FEMA are working together to create the next tree program that may help residents with remaining hazardous trees on their properties. To be notified when more information about this program is available, please contact the Tree Advocates at (530) 872-6291 x162 or x163 or subscribe to the newsletter found at makeitparadise.org.

 

Kayak Rentals Now Available at Paradise Lake

Ready to enjoy a few hours in nature? Paradise Recreation and Park District is now renting single and double kayaks by the hour. Kayaks are available at Boat Launch #2 of the North Lake Blvd between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday; life vests and paddles included. $15.00 for single and $18.00 for the double kayak per hour. Subject to closure for smoke or weather. Call 530-872-6393 Monday-Friday for updates and availability.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Paradise Recreation and Park District is looking for volunteers to help with trail work at Paradise lake and Lower Bille lookout.

Dates:

  • Lower Bille Lookout trail: Mon./Tues. 8am – 12pm.

  • Paradise Lake trail: Wed./ Thurs. 9am – 1pm.

Sign up here.

 

Pastel, Pottery, Acrylic, Drawing, and Wearable Art Classes at Paradise Art Center

The Paradise Art Center has a variety of ongoing classes and studio times for residents interested in exploring their creative sides. Visit paradise-art-center.com for information on fees, dates & times, supply lists, and class availability.

New Dates! Free Residential Green Waste Disposal, August 28 and September 11 & 22

How it works:

  • Butte County residents living in the wildland-urban interface may dispose of green waste for free on the above-designated days.

  • Haul and unload your green waste (no more than 3-yards per trip), to the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility. Bring proof of ID and residence in the Wildland Urban Interface area of Butte County. 

For more information, visit buttecounty.net/publicworks.

Wildland Urban Interface map: buttecounty.opennrm.org/maps/11349

Save the Date! Johnny Appleseed Days Is October 2nd and 3rd

Mark your calendars for California’s oldest harvest festival, a beloved tradition since 1888! Held on Saturday & Sunday, October 2 & 3, at the Terry Ashe Park, the event will host vendors, artisans, entertainment, and more. More information on the Chamber website.


RESOURCES

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. 

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!


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.