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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: Housing Urgency Ordinance extended

Here is our weekly assessment of fire recovery on the Ridge. Anchor Linda Watkins Bennett talks with representatives of the Town of Paradise every Wednesday to share the latest in rebuilding and recovery efforts and deadlines.

Posted: Oct 14, 2020 1:23 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Town of Paradise continues to make gains as it works to rebuild and recover after the Camp Fire. Action News Now anchor Linda Watkins-Bennett spoke with Paradise Disaster Recovery Director Katie Simmons who shared the latest statistics, deadlines, and information.


  • Community Information Meeting
    • Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at 6 p.m.
    • Where: TBD

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Deadline to enroll in Private Hazard Tree Removal
    • October 30, 2020
  • Private Program "Cut by" deadline. By this date, property owners must cut their hazardous trees and remove them from their property. In the town, properties must also be certified clear of trees by this date.
    • December 4, 2020

Statistics Update

  • 1,285 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 1,139 Building Permits issued
  • 403 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
  • 261 Multi-Family Permit Applications Received
  • 216 Multi-Family Permits Issued
  • 70 Multi-Family Permits Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Other Updates

  • End of Urgency Ordinance Update: At the Paradise Town Council meeting Oct. 13, the council voted to unanimously extend the housing urgency ordinance which allows Camp Fire survivors to live on their property in an RV. The extension will be for six months, with the ability to extend for an additional six months on a case-by-case basis. Prior to this action, the housing urgency ordinance was set to expire on December 31, 2020. To learn more, click here.
  • Underground utilities: Progress is being made towards undergrounding utilities and the removal of above-ground utility poles, according to the town. This was identified as a priority in the Long Term Community Recovery Plan. The town is working with PG&E, Comcast, and AT&T and expects a resolution by the end of October.
  • Early Warning System Survey: The Town of Paradise is asking for resident input on an early warning system through a survey released. The implementation of an early warning system was identified as a Tier 1 priority in the Long-Term Community Recovery Plan developed after the Camp Fire. Your input is requested to find out how past, current, and future residents envision an early alert/warning system, what they expect from a system, and where they generally receive information. Click here to take the survey.
  • 16 Generators installed at Traffic Signals for PSPS Events: The Town of Paradise has a new tool to keep its traffic signals operating in preparation for a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS). Town officials said 16 backup generators will be deployed to all 16 intersections in town to keep the signals operating through the anticipated PSPS starting Wednesday, Oct. 14. Read More
  • Camp Fire Remembrance: Join the town the weekend of Saturday, November 7, and Sunday, November 8, for a variation of remembrance events in Paradise. More details will be released soon.
  • Rebuild Paradise Chosen as a 2020 Nonprofit of the Year: Rebuild Paradise Foundation was proudly announced as a selected 2020 California Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Jim Nielsen for his district for their tremendous contributions to their community. In Paradise and the surrounding areas, they have provided resources to residents, businesses, and the workforce. Their focus on repopulation in the Camp Fire footprint has helped them stand out for this acknowledgment. Find out about their grants and other programs available on their website, click here.
  • Progress is being made on Hope Plaza: The permanent Camp Fire Memorial planned for the Skyway/Foster triangle. Construction drawings anticipated to be complete by the end of the year. Fundraising for this project continues. Visit for more information.
  • “Tree Window” to Assist Resident Now Open at Town Hall The Town has opened a “tree window” at Town Hall to assist the public with hazard tree removal questions. Haven’t enrolled in a program yet and have
    questions? Stop by! It’s staffed by the Town’s Tree Advocates and is open M-Th from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed for lunch from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Our Tree Advocates are also available by phone at (530) 872-6291 x162 or 163 and by
    email at
  • Tree Questions: Do you own property in Paradise and haven’t yet enrolled in one of the Hazard Tree Removal Programs? Call or email our Town of Paradise Tree Advocates: 530.872.6291 x162 and x163 or email
  • Government Hazard Tree Removal Update: The Government Hazard Tree Removal Program is currently in the field of assessing properties for hazardous trees. The tree felling has not yet begun as CalReycle works through the contracting process. The Town of Paradise said it will update property owners on the status of tree felling under Government Program as information becomes available from the State.
    • Download your ROE or inspection Access form here. You can mail the form to PO Box 3390 Chico, CA 95927-3390 or email to For questions, call the Tree ROE Information line at (530) 552-3030.
  • Rebuild Paradise releases their next master planned floor plan: The Flumes floor plan is the newest addition to their Residential Floor Plan library. Master Planned homes have had their plans partially approved through the Town of Paradise building department, saving time and money for those who are rebuilding. Find out more on their website.
  • Building Resiliency Center remains 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 questions individuals may have. Call 530-872-6291 x411 to make an in-person appointment or phone appointment.
  • Have questions regarding your rebuild? 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!

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