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Camp Fire survivors talk about the future of Paradise

Camp Fire survivors in Paradise voiced at an open house what they hope the future of the town will be.

Posted: Mar 21, 2019 11:09 PM

PARADISE, Calif. -- Camp Fire survivors in Paradise voiced at an open house what they hope the future of the town will be.

The Town of Paradise hosted this event alongside Urban Design Associates, a planning consultant hired by the town to facilitate the recovery planning process. 

Camp Fire survivors aired their opinions answering what are the strengths, the weaknesses and the opportunities the town can pursue in light of the Camp Fire. 

"Our septic systems, are still in every residential lot, that is an asset that is a strength that we can use," said a Camp Fire survivor. 

"It is very important when you are looking at a community vision to get the input from the community, it's also very difficult as you may imagine," said Lauren Gill, Paradise Town Manager.

This is all in an effort, Gill said, to get tangible projects in the works.

"Will it take years and years? Some projects will take longer than others," said Gill.

Camp Fire survivor Marilyn Owens said infrastructure is most important for her.

"We have to have water, power to our properties. We have to be able to decide if we are going to rebuild," said Owens. 

11-year-old Kaden Conner lost his Paradise home in the Camp Fire. 

"Since the fire happened, I'm glad, not well, it's sad because people died in the fire, but there will be new things in Paradise," said Conner.

Conner said he wants to live in the town again one day and voicing his opinion will make that possible.

"It will just be beautiful, it will be like Paradise, like actually a beautiful Paradise," said Conner.

The Town of Paradise will be presenting the ideas discussed at the meeting on April 18th at the Paradise Alliance Church from 4 to 6 p.m.

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