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Paradise residents discuss future on property

The town of Paradise is still trying to get back to normal after the Camp Fire, but now some people are worried about their future come December.

Posted: Aug 16, 2020 9:57 AM
Updated: Aug 17, 2020 10:23 AM

PARADISE, Calif. -- The Town of Paradise is still trying to get back to normal after the Camp Fire, but now some people are worried about their future come December.

Dozens of residents met at Billie Park in Paradise to talk about the changes and their situation. 

The Paradise Town Council adopted an ordinance allowing people to live in RV’s on properties without structures, but they have to have a building plan in place and submitted before the end of the year.

"We don’t need things to be made harder by our own town," said Joule Charney. "That’s the point I'm really trying to make is, why make it harder? Why hurt us?"

According to Paradise Councilmember Melissa Schuster, squatting, health, and safety issues are reasons why the town wants to return to pre-fire rules.

Charney and others said they received letters from Code Enforcement. It says they must have a building permit, inspections, and approvals or face multiple fines or be ordered to vacate the property.

"I did care about this town, but I'm rapidly hating it more," said Charney. "Apparently I am not a resident. I am an illegal on my own property. I'm treated like a squatter." 

The organizer of the gathering said she invited Paradise councilmembers, but no one showed up. 

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