Paradise Town Council working to extend urgency ordinance

The Paradise Town Council is working to extend its urgency ordinance which allowed Camp Fire survivors to live on their properties in RVs.

Posted: Aug 10, 2021 10:36 PM
Updated: Aug 10, 2021 11:47 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Paradise Town Council took a step toward extending its urgency ordinance which allowed Camp Fire survivors to live on their properties in RVs.

The current ordinance is set to expire on Sept. 30.

No vote was taken on Tuesday about whether to extend it.

If extended, the urgency ordinance would last another 20 months until Apr. 30, 2023.

This will give property owners more time to learn how much money they'll receive in PG&E settlement money, and any other grants.

The new ordinance would also create a committee to consider exceptions for individual residents.

Action News Now spoke with members of council and those living in Paradise about the proposed ordinance.

“I think some of them flipped on previous opinions about how they felt about things and how they voted,” Tammy Spirlock, resident of Paradise, shared. “They really came together for the people and understanding that this isn’t something that can be resolved in even three years. I mean, the town isn’t even back together yet so you can’t expect the people to be together yet. So, I think it was a great night.”

Rose Tryon, a town councilmember said, “I think that this is a council that really tries to work towards a consensus, and we had two members tonight that really came a long way to work towards a consensus and I just have a great deal of respect and admiration for them for coming along and working through for the rest of us.”

288 temporary permits have been issued to RV owners in Paradise.

The new ordinance would also require those not following the current guidelines, such as having no PG&E hookups or keeping their property clean, to become compliant by the current September 30 deadline.

It would also increase enforcement of those guidelines and revoke the temporary use permits of any resident who receives two or more violation citations.

Staff will present the newly drafted ordinance to the council and will vote at their next meeting on Sept. 14.

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