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Impacts of new Paradise laws on rebuilders

People planning their new homes will have to make sure they're in line with a series of ordinances in the works in the Town of Paradise.

Posted: Jun 12, 2019 3:38 PM
Updated: Jun 12, 2019 3:50 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - People planning their new homes will have to make sure they're in line with a series of ordinances in the works in the Town of Paradise.

“I was blown away looking at the devastation of the house. We put this up a month before the fire,” said Paradise man Jim McCurdy.

McCurdy’s workshop survived the Camp Fire.

“My wife and I built this wall, we poured these steps ... Jim McCurdy, Angel McCurdy,” McCurdy said.

But now, it has to stand the test of new building rules in the works for the Town of Paradise.

For example, it may have to stand at least 50 feet away from the home he’s rebuilding.

“I’m going to lay it all out, put marks where the stove is going. It’s going to be exactly the way we want,” McCurdy said.

For now, his plans are in line with the new proposed laws.

“If the town wants to do all these ordinances I guarantee that when my house is done it will be so fire-safe it won’t even be funny,” McCurdy said.

Town Council also voted on square footage requirements, likely no smaller than 800 feet for the main home.

Also, people can rebuild your wooden fences, but railroad tie retaining walls are no longer allowed.

The goal is to protect rebuilders from any more loss.

“It was gone in five minutes what took me 20 years to do. But I ain't quitin’ or giving up, I’m just not. It’s my town too,” McCurdy said.

The Paradise Town Council asked staff to come up with the specifics of these ordinances.

They’ll hear the details on June 25. 

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