PARADISE, Calif. - Paradise said it is close to issuing the 1,000 building permit application!
The town said with nearly 1,000 permits in less than two years after the Camp Fire, the community is exceeding its expectations in recovery.
Along with rebuilding, the Rebuild Paradise Foundation has opened up the Residential Floor Plan Library!
The plans are paid for by the Butte Strong Fund and are available to anyone looking to build a home within the burn scar area.
Designed to help save money and time, the library allows rebuilders to view and access low-cost residential floor plans, their corresponding elevations, renderings and walk-throughs.
Each plan has already met standards set by the Town of Paradise and Butte County and is ready for building!
To view the Residential Floor Plan Library, you can do so HERE.
For last week's Town update, CLICK HERE.
- 925 Building Permit Applications Received
- 761 Building Permits issued
- 115 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
- Paradise Lake Classes: The Paradise Recreation and Park District approved an agreement to lease the Paradise Lake facilities from the Paradise Irrigation District. The district said it will offer classes on kayaking, guided hikes, fishing, camps, art, and more, once the Coronavirus restrictions are relaxed. PRPD District Manager Dan Efseaff said this is a way of helping to achieve their "vision of becoming a destination recreation district".
- Planning Commission Approval: At its last meeting, the commission approved a log storage and processing operation on Skyway. The Planning Commission voted 4 to 1 to approve the temporary operation, only open until the end of the Urgency Ordinance on December 31, 2020.
- Camp Fire Shed Project: A $150,000 grant will provide funding for more volunteer efforts through the Paradise Adventist Church and Maranatha Volunteers International. This grant will help in the building and delivery of 400 storage sheds to people who live throughout the burn scar. The project directly benefits people who lost their homes, are living in the RVs and who intend to rebuild.
- $1 Million for Permit Fees: Butte Strong Fund committed a $1 million grant to help in continuing to pay permit fees for primary residences in the Town, as well as provide incentives for rebuilding rentals and multi-family housing. You can learn about the Rebuild Incentive Program by visiting the Development Services Department at the Building Resiliency Center, or by calling 872-6291, ext. 411.
- This grant from the fund includes the following:
- Pay 50% of building permit fees (excluding plan check fees) for a single residence, up to $3,500.
- Grants for Rebuild Paradise Master Planned residences up to 100% of permit fees (excluding plan check fees) up to $3,500
- Grants for garages (up to 700 sqft) associated with MH Advantage Manufactured Homes for 100% of permit fees (excluding plan check fees)
- Gives priority to rebuilding primary residences, with $250,000 used for second residences or multi-family structures, and 750,000 for primary residences.
- $2.3 Million Available for Rebuild & Repair Needs: Currently, there is $2.3 million in local, state, and federal funds available to assist eligible households, who were under-insured or not insured, with their housing reconstruction and repairs. These funds are offered as deferred loans. They can be applied towards a variety of housing rehabilitation needs, including reconstruction of a home damaged or destroyed by the fire, correcting unsafe or unsanitary conditions, eliminating code violation, and weatherization and repairs to ensure handicap accessibility when combined with other repairs. For more information, call the Rebuild Advocates at 530-872- 6291 ext. 411. At this time, the advocates are only taking over the phone appointments.
- Adventist Health's Virtual Services: Adventist Health has launched its virtual services so people can remain seeing doctors but from the safety of their homes. To participate in a virtual visit, a patient needs a computer or phone with a working camera and microphone. Those who have scheduled in-person appointments are being contacted to try and reschedule for a virtual meeting. This is covered by most insurance plans.
- BRC Open by Appointment Only: If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, you can call 530-872-6291 ext. 411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For building or septic questions, you can also call the above mainline number or email the address above. For rebuild advocates, call 530-872-6291 ext. 429 or 430.
- Closure of Town Hall: Services will continue by phone for the Town Hall. You can contact the correct department by calling the numbers below:
- General: 530-872-6291 ext. 102
- Finance: 530-872-6291 ext. 121
- Code Enforcement: 530-872-6291 ext. 124
- Housing Loans: 530-872-6291 ext. 122
- Local Businesses: The town has set up a page for local businesses who are being flexible and staying open. For the most up-to-date list of open businesses, CLICK HERE.
- Housing Urgency Ordinance: Following the fire, the Paradise Town Council passed an urgency ordinance allowing displaced residents to temporarily live on their property in an RV. This urgency ordinance expires on December 31, 2020. Meaning, beginning January 1, 2021, you must have an active building permit to live on your property in an RV.
- Hazardous Tree Removal: Hazard trees that could fall on a public or private road are required to be removed. Property owners may enter the Government Tree Program to have the trees removed by the State at no out-of-pocket cost. Enrollment in the Government Tree Program requires a Right-of Entry form. Property owners may also identify and remove hazard trees themselves but must submit an inspection form so an inspector may verify the removal of the hazard trees from the property. Property owners may also call the Tree ROE Center directly at (530) 552-3030 or submit Tree ROEs by email at TreeROE@buttecounty.net. The Tree ROE is available for download online, HERE. ROE forms may also be picked up at the Tree ROE Center at the Building Resiliency Center at 6295 Skyway in Paradise.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
- May Community Information Meeting:
This meeting will focus on Fire Safety Preparation and include an update from the Paradise Police Department.