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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: Preview into 2021

Action News Now continues to provide the latest updates on recovery and rebuilding in the Town of Paradise.

Posted: Jan 14, 2021 4:43 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2021 8:35 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - Action News Now continues to provide the latest updates on recovery and rebuilding in the Town of Paradise. Below this article is a full preview of the Town's goals for 2021.


Upcoming Deadlines

  • Private Program "cut by" deadline. By this date, property owners who have contracted with a tree contractor.
    • Deadline: Feb. 1, 2021

Statistics Update

  • 1,436 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 1,281 Building Permits issued
  • 578 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
  • 291 Multi-Family Permit Applications Received
  • 279 Multi-Family Permits Issued
  • 72 Multi-Family Permits Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Other Updates

  • Paradise Business Spotlight: Every week the Town 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 the town is focusing on Meeho’s Mexican Restaurant Ready to serve you breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Meeho’s Mexican Restaurant cooks up authentic flavor on the Ridge. Visit their website at MeehosMexicanRestaurant.com to view their menu, including
    their famous 2 Lb. grande burrito. Located at 6808 Skyway, Paradise, Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (530) 762-2591.
  • Three new Donut shops coming to Paradise: Soon Paradise residents will have three delicious choices when searching for that perfect morning pastry. Mad Natter’s Donuts is working on plans to open in James Square on Clark Rd. The Holiday Market Shopping Center will be the new home of G & C Donut Shop, and Dolly O’s Donuts is submitting plans to rebuild in their original location.

  • 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 Colette Curtis at (530) 872-6291 x112 or email her at ccurtis@townofparadise.com to schedule an appointment.
  • Home Builders Resource Virtual Connection: An opportunity to connect rebuilders with the trades and resources needed to build in the Paradise community is once again taking place, with a virtual change. Companies will become accessible through a 2-minute video shared with community members who attend. A formal launch will be coming soon.
  • The Town of Paradise Tree Advocates can provide personal assistance through this process, if you are enrolled in the Private Program, the Government Program, or don’t know where to start. Tree Advocates can be reached at trees@townofparadise.com or by calling 530.872.6291 x 162 or 163.
  • Town Hall and the Building Resiliency Center Open by Appointment: Due to the change to the purple Tier in Butte County, Town Hall and the BRC are open by appointment only. 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
  • Are you a new property owner in Paradise? Congratulations on purchasing a property in the Town of Paradise! If you are building, the town wants to make sure you are informed on lot upkeep during the process. Please contact the Town of Paradise if you have any questions regarding weed or tree removal on your property. If you wish to have your hazardous trees removed in the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program, please call the Tree ROE Center at 530.552.3030.
  • 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.
  • Home Builders Resource Virtual Connection: An opportunity to connect rebuilders with the trades and resources needed to build in the Paradise community is once again taking place, with a virtual change. Companies will become accessible through a 2-minute video shared with community members who attend. A formal launch will be coming soon.
  • Grants Available to Small Businesses - deadline extended: Grants are available up to $25,000 for eligible small businesses affected by COVID-19. Funds are available through the Small Business Association and the COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. Applications are due by Wednesday, January 13. Learn more at https://careliefgrant.com/.

PREVIEW OF 2021

As the community embarks on our third year of recovery after the Camp Fire, the Town of Paradise is excited to share some project milestones they anticipate in 2021.

Removing Hazardous Trees – Removing barriers to rebuilding: The Government Tree Program is currently removing about 200-250 hazardous trees per day. The town expects this program to be completed in the first quarter of 2021. The Town of Paradise has applied for additional Federal funding to remove the remaining hazardous trees on private property that were not eligible for the government program. If we receive the funding, the Town will start removing those additional trees later this year.

Reseeding Program Plan – Recreating beauty on the Ridge: The next step after removing hazardous trees damaged by the Camp Fire is to re-plant and re-seed the community. The Town received a grant for this purpose and will be welcoming proposals in early 2021 from contractors to evaluate and establish the next steps for reseeding after tree removal and educating the community on vegetation opportunities. Once a contractor has been established, we anticipate community input and education opportunities throughout 2021. Upon completion of the plan, the Town will seek funding to implement a re-seeding program in 2022-2024.

Sewer – Economic recovery and opportunity: With the Council’s approval of the Regional Sewer Connection to the City of Chico late last year, the Town has begun the Environmental Review Process for the Sewer Project. The project would install a sewer in the primarily commercial areas of Skyway, Pearson and Clark. The Environmental process is expected to take about 18 months, then we will move on to design and construction in about 3-5 years. A sewer for the primarily commercial areas of Paradise is important for the recovery of our businesses and economy. For more information on this important project, visit www.paradisesewer.com.

Early Warning System – Safety for residents in an emergency: The safety of the town's
residents continues to be a top priority. With the Early Warning System plan completed and approved last fall, the Town is submitting a grant application for construction funding. Pending approval, construction is estimated to begin in 2021.

Broadband Services – Increased access for businesses and residents: The town says it anticipates our Broadband Feasibility Study to be completed and presented in early 2021. This will answer questions about the possibilities we have for a broadband community and what implementation would look like. In the coming years, the town says it will have a focus on establishing implementation opportunities.

Roads – Prioritizing road improvements: In 2021 The Town will be working on its Transportation Master Plan, funded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) last year. This study will conduct a holistic analysis of the Paradise transportation
network and will outline critical gaps in infrastructure, conflicts, pinch points and other barriers to potential future evacuation events. Using this information, the study will identify priorities and a plan for town-wide safety and circulation improvements.

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