Ridge Community Comes Together to Envision Future Paradise

Sharing a vision of the future and planning together to solve immediate problems related to Camp Fire cleanup and rebuilding are the goals of the "Realignment Paradise" movement.

Posted: Feb 4, 2019 1:22 PM
Updated: Feb 9, 2019 7:38 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - Allen Meyers invited the community to a "realignment" meeting in Paradise on Saturday, to get a conversation going about rebuilding on the Ridge after the Camp Fire.

The group worked on the vision of what they would like to see happen on the Ridge, on their homesites and in their town. The event was held at the Terry Ashe Recreation Center on the Skyway. 

Meyers is a local filmmaker with a website called "Rebuilding Paradise." Meyers says that many people have been frustrated and are not sure what to do or where to go since the the Butte County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to repeal a housing ordinance in Butte County that allowed residents to live in RV's on properties in the Camp Fire burn scar area.  The Town of Paradise had an emergency meeting last week as well, and rescinded their new housing ordinance. All this was done to keep FEMA money for the cleanup process. That funding was in jeopardy, said a FEMA spokesperson, if people were allowed stay on their properties during Phase 2 cleanup.

Meyers organized the meeting to help address and figure out solutions to various issues.

"The things that we're talking about are temporary village buildouts for people that don't have a place to go, working with organizations that want to donate services for that, temporary shelter, community members that have land in Butte County, fundraising."

"We have a website," he said, at RebuildingParadise.com, where people can donate to help fund the planning efforts. Meyers hopes to do it again. He believes the community can help identify some solutions together by coming together and sharing ideas and resources.

Other topics discussed were ecological restoration  and permaculture.

They hope to continue holding these meetings on a regular basis. Anyone is welcome to attend their planning events.

Here is the link to a story about the Town Council of Paradise and their vote to rescind the Camp Fire housing ordinance.

Here is the link to the story about the vote by the Butte County Board of Supervisors to rescind the Camp Fire housing ordinance.

Information about the new FEMA REGISTRATION DEADLINE for the Camp Fire can be found at this link. 

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