UPDATE: 4:27 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2020 - In a letter to members, the Paradise Pines Property Owners Association said it will keep one employee at its offices to handle building permits, even though it's otherwise closed for coronavirus prevention.
But the permit process will still take place by phone and email. There was concern the closure would slow Camp Fire rebuilding efforts.
MAGALIA, Calif. - The stay at home shutdown is causing delays in Camp Fire rebuilding up in Maglia.
Construction is an essential business during the coronavirus crisis, but one builder says he’s hitting roadblocks when it comes to building on the Ridge in Paradise Pines.
Owner of Integrity Builders Ken Blanton says he got an email from the Paradise Pines Property Owners Association (POA).
That email said the POA was shutting down until the coronavirus outbreak is over.
That means Blanton can’t build there because the county has to sign off on the permit first, then submit it to the POA to issue a permit, and then approve the build permit.
Blanton says this shutdown will slow down rebuilding on the ridge in this one specific area.
"Well, it could affect us tremendously, and then also, our clients and customers. Some people are still in RVs or hotels and they have a certain amount of time to get their insurance done. It's just a huge impact, and we set out to build a lot of homes and so we need to keep going to keep our company going," Blanton said.
Action News Now reached out to Congressman LaMalfa's office.
His chief of staff says even though POA’s are considered essential, the members decided to close their doors and not work.
The government doesn’t oversee POA’s and can’t force them to stay open.
Both LaMalfa and Senator Nielsen's office say they will reach out and ask them to stay open to issue permits so builders can continue their jobs.
As for the homeowners, the company is waiting to hear back before contacting them.