Town of Paradise Weekly Recovery Update 9-15-21

CURRENT STATISTICS

BUILDING UPDATES

Single Family Homes in Development

1,897 Building Permit Applications Received

  • 1,300 Stick Built / 597 Manufactured

1,753 Building Permits issued

1,023 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Multi-Family Homes in Development

355 Multi-Family Unit Applications Received

339 Multi-Family Unit Permits Issued

218  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 Sierra Central Credit Union. With 20 branches throughout Northern California, banking just got easier with Sierra Central Credit Union. SCCU is committed to making banking easier for their customers. They offer low and no-cost checking accounts that include online, mobile banking, and mobile deposit. Located at 5175 Skyway, SCCU qualified bankers are ready to help you with vehicle loans, personal loans, and home loans today. Call (530) 872-7749 or visit www.sierracentral.com to get started.

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 RV Ordinance Update

At the September 14th Town Council meeting, the Paradise Town Council voted to extend the Housing Urgency Ordinance to April 30, 2023. Conditions of this extension include:

  • Compliance with an RV permit, must have power, water, septic, and trash service.

  • All code enforcement issues have to be cleared by September 30th, 2021.

  • Removing alternative thresholds as long as health and safety standards are met

  • 2 code violations within a 12-month period or 2 citations on a single violation would be cause for permit revocation and abatement

  • Multiple violations or citations regarding noncompliance with the standards, even if corrected, is reason for permit revocation

  • Creation of an Exceptions Committee 

Community Engagement Meeting on Housing Policies and Wildfire Prevention in Paradise

Residents interested in the future of housing and wildfire policies in Paradise are invited to join a community meeting and workshop on Tuesday, September 21st, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This community meeting is part of ongoing community engagement to seek the community’s input in Paradise’s 2022-2030 Housing Element and Safety Element Update process. Learn about the Housing and Safety Element Update, the State mandate for the Town to plan for new housing units, and potential next steps for wildfire resiliency and preparing for extreme weather. Attend in person at the Paradise Town Council Chambers at 5555 Skyway or via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85142957347 or by calling 669-900-6833 and enter Meeting ID 851 4295 7347. For more information, contact the Community Development Department at 530-872-6291or shartman@townofparadise.com.

Did You Miss the Community Information Meeting Last Week?

No problem! Watch the replay on the Town of Paradise Facebook Page or YouTube page. Learn about the Town Budget and how funds are being used. You’ll also hear updates on Long Term Recovery Projects such as the undergrounding of utilities, culvert replacing, road extensions, sewer, and the Early Warning System. 

September 2021 Roadmap to Recovery™ Virtual Workshop, September 21st

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 7:00 p.m. PT is a survivor to survivor forum where attendees can connect with trained UP volunteers who navigated recovery after previous wildfires, and others on the road to recovery. This Roadmap to Recovery™ workshop is presented by United Policyholders, a non-profit consumer organization and trusted resource helping disaster survivors for 30 years. For more information visit www.uphelp.org or email info@uphelp.org

Register: www.uphelp.org/Sept21

FREE Butte County Forest Health Guidebook

Butte Fire Safe Council has recently completed a beautiful new Forest Health Guidebook for the community. If you’re a local resident or business who would like copies for personal use or to hand out to friends, family, coworkers, and customers, please contact 530-877-0984 or visit https://buttefiresafe.net/contact/. You can also download a copy of the guidebook in PDF form here: https://buttefiresafe.net/forest-health-guidebook/.

New Artwork on Display at Nic’s

Paradise Art Center has a brand new display of artwork by local artists hanging at Nic’s. Support art in the community. Stop by and take a look at 6256 Skyway Rd, Paradise, CA.

Welcome Fire Engine 381

A new Type 3 Wildland Urban Interface engine has been inducted into service for the Town of Paradise. The most versatile engine in California is perfect for the community. Funds for this engine were donated by TriCounties Bank & USDA. Watch the induction ceremony here.

Peddler’s Fair Now Accepting Applications for Booths & Food Trucks, October 16th.

The 6th semi-annual Peddler’s Fair at Deja Vu-Gardens Galore Nursery of Paradise will be from 8am-4pm. Visitors can look forward to a day of family fun with local vendors showcasing their goods, art and delicious food. Now taking applications for booths and food trucks. Visit https://dejavunursery.com/the-peddlers-fair/ to learn more or sign up.

Free Residential Green Waste Disposal, September 22 & October 9 & 13

Green Waste Disposal Days are free for Butte County residents living in the Wildland Urban Interface, including Paradise. 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.


EVENTS
 

Big Mo and The Full Moon Band at Paradise Performing Arts Center, September 25

PPAC invites the community to gather and celebrate new beginnings in Paradise. This free event is open to the community, so mark your calendars for September 25, 2021, from 6-10 p.m. For more information, visit Paradise Performing Arts Center Facebook page.

Johnny Appleseed Days 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 visit the Chamber website.

James Square Grand Opening/Block Party, October 9

On Saturday, October 9 from 12-4, vendors from James Square at 5913 Clark Rd, Paradise, CA will be hosting a family-friendly event with food, music, raffle prizes, and a cornhole tournament. Learn more here.


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 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.