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Redding City Council discusses new potential airline connection and housing

A new airline connection could be flying into Redding. Also up for discussion on the City Council’s agenda, a plan to make it easier to build emergency shelters.

Posted: Jun 1, 2021 5:56 PM
Updated: Jun 2, 2021 11:54 AM

REDDING, Calif. - A new airline connection could be flying into Redding.

The Redding to Seattle flight would be operated through Alaska Airlines and it’s an agreement that has been in the works for a while.

“We'll have much more access to rewards programs and other services,” said Chuck Auckland, the Director of Public Works. “It brings other people from around the country into Redding and it's really easy to fly in and out of Redding.”

If the city council approves this, it would start off as a one-year agreement beginning in June 2021 to June 2022. The city needs to guarantee a $400,000 revenue in that one year.

People tell Action News Now they want to see this new flight addition.

“I think it would be a good thing for our economy as well the tourism and business traveling,” said Gary Taylor of Redding. “The more airlines we can get in here, it's going to help our economy.”

If approved, the Seattle connection would take off around June 18.

Back in May, Avelo Airlines started operating out of the Redding Airport.

Also up for discussion on the City Council’s agenda, a plan to make it easier to build emergency shelters.

If approved by the Redding City Council, there would be some exceptions to the current building code. Such as loosened energy and snow load requirements.

But that's only if the Council declares a shelter crisis.

The plan would allow companies to create more transitional housing for less money. They would also be built even smaller.

“The allowance of the code to get down to eight-by-eight shelter for a single individual or for two people it could go up to a 100-by-120-square foot,” explained Barry Tippin, Redding’s City Manager. “These would be much smaller than you would typically see and it provides for faster and quicker access.”

Tippin said the change would allow as many as 15 to 20 units. But it depends on where the cabins would be built.

Monday night’s meeting is the first reading of the ordinance. If approved, a second reading would take place at the next council meeting. Afterward, it would take 30 days for the ordinance to take effect.

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