Paradise rebuilding and recovery: An update from the Paradise Vice Mayor

Paradise Vice Mayor Greg Bolin provided an update on debris removal and upcoming community meetings after the Camp Fire. Tune in to this segment every Wednesday on Action News Now at noon.

Posted: Jun 5, 2019 3:16 PM
Updated: Jun 6, 2019 10:35 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Paradise Vice Mayor Greg Bolin provided an update on debris removal and upcoming community meetings after the Camp Fire.

Debris Removal Update

  • As of June 5, 2019, there have been 3,786 properties cleared of debris.
  • The county has certified 771 properties as "clean of debris."
  • There are currently 142 crews working on debris removal
  • There have been 40 building permits issued

Other Updates

There are now 200 businesses open in Paradise. CLICK HERE for the full list of opened businesses. 

Fire Station 82 has reopened since the Camp Fire. There was an open house on June 3 to celebrate. 

The Home Builders Resource Expo Exhibitor Registration is now open. For more information, CLICK HERE

Upcoming Meetings & Events

There are multiple events and meetings coming up that the public can attend.

Town of Paradise Council Meeting

The Town Council will consider the building code changes at the meeting and will give staff direction on each idea. On June 25, the UDA will give a final presentation of the recovery vision, which will lead to the formal drafting of a recovery plan in the coming year.

  • When: Tuesday, June 11 at 6 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise Alliance Church (6491 Clark Rd., Paradise) 

Party in the Park Opening Night

For more information about the event, CLICK HERE

  • When: Wednesday, June 12 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise Community Park 

Paradise High School Graduation Ceremony

  • When: Thursday, June 6 at 8 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise High School (5911 Maxwell Dr., Paradise) 

Home Builders Resource Expo

  • When: Saturday, June 29-30
  • Where: Silver Dollar Fairgrounds (2357 Fair St., Chico)

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Where is the town getting the information from the community that will be presented back to Town Council as the opinion of residents?

Answer: At the meeting on May 22 - when ideas for building code changes were discussed - project boards for each change were displayed for resident input using sticker dots. After that meeting, the project boards were moved to Town Hall where residents can give input up until the meeting on June 11. There is also an online survey where residents can indicate their opinions on the proposed changes. To view the survey, CLICK HERE

Question: Will building codes be voted on at the June 11 Town Council meeting?

Answer: Yes, the Town Council will vote on each of the proposed changes. Any items that are approved by the council will then begin the process for that item, which may mean more hearings, a formal ordinance drafted by staff, and then a final vote. Nothing voted on at the June 11 meeting will go into effect that day. People can find out more information about the proposed changes and give input in person at Town Hall, or through our online survey by CLICKING HERE

Question: Can I apply for a building permit before my lot is cleared?

Answer: Yes. Before the lot is cleared, people can submit building permit applications to the Town of Paradise. The building permit cannot be issued, however, until the lot is cleared of debris and certified clean by the county. The permit process takes about three weeks, so submitting the application early can save people time waiting for the plans to be reviewed. 

Question: When will my lot be cleared? Is there a priority for people who are rebuilding?

Answer: The Town of Paradise has provided the current building permit application list to the Disaster Recovery Operations Center Planning and Operations Chief. Properties that have submitted building permit applications will be considered a priority when debris removal is being scheduled. The town continues to update operations center with the list as new permits are submitted. 

Please note, this is not a guarantee of when the lot will be cleared. The town is working with the operations center to speed up the process. 

Question: Who is UDA?

Answer: UDA is an established planning firm located in Pittsburgh, PA. They specialize in post-disaster recovery planning, with experience in planning post-Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. Barry Long, UDA’s president and CEO, is the lead on the visioning project. He has been the main presenter at public meetings on the topic of planning. 


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