Camp Fire

Resources and Updates

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire community of Butte County as continue the rebuilding process in the wake of the Camp Fire. The health and safety of our neighbors and visitors is our top concern, and we want to ensure our community and those visiting the area have the most up-to-date information, in accordance with the appropriate authority’s direction.

Weekly Update

MOST RECENT UPDATE

September 18, 2019

  • The Town of Paradise may be getting an Emergency Room soon. The bill to have one built has been passed by both Houses and is now on Governor Newsom's desk waiting for approval. We will let you know when we have a final decision, but this is great news for our community.
  • Local and state officials are currently negotiating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reimburse the removal of at least some of the standing burnt trees in Town. We hope to have a definitive answer soon. We know trees are an urgent concern for people wanting to rebuild.
  • The Town is on track to receive 500 building applications by the end of the year! Initially, the Town expected to receive about 200 applications by December 31st, but stronger than expected interest in rebuilding has surpassed our projections.
  • In order to better serve our residents, the Town will open the Building Resiliency Center (BRC) at 6295 Skyway (old Bank of America Building) in the coming months. This will be a one-stop-shop for building permits, information and housing resources. The Town is working hard to open the BRC by Nov.8th, and we are looking for funding to get the building ready after sitting vacant for several years.
  • It has been nearly one year since the Camp Fire, and many events are being planned for the week of November 8th. The Town will hold several events on Friday, November 8th:
    • 11:08 am: 86 seconds of silence for the 86 lives lost, and the unveiling of the “Key Phoenix” – Building Resiliency Center - 6295 Skyway
    • 12:00 pm: Groundbreaking at Camp Fire Memorial – Skyway/Foster Triangle
    • 6:30 pm: Camp Fire Remembrance Ceremony – Paradise Alliance Church 6491 Clark Rd.
  • NEW PROGRAM: USDA Home Repair Loan and Grant Pilot Program: This program can help with tree removal and home repairs for eligible property owners.
    • Eligibility:
      • Own the home and lot and occupy the house
      • Be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere
      • For grants, be 62 or older and not be able to repay a loan
      • Have a family income below 50% of the area median income. Butte County income limits:
        • 1-4 person family $33,250
        • 5-8 person family $43,900
  • NEW PROGRAM: State Controller’s Office has announced applications being accepted for the Property Tax Postponement (PTP) Program.
    • Benefit: Defer current-year payment of property taxes on their principal residence.
    • Eligibility:

  • Ribbon Cuttings this month:
    • Bunch Electric: Sept. 20th at 164 Pearson Rd 3:30-4: 30 pm
    • DH Construction: Sept. 26th at 3851 Morrow Lane Ste 14 Chico, Ca 5:30-7pm
    • Grand Reopening of the Horse Festival Sept. 29th at PHA Horse Arena 6706 Moore Rd 10am-3pm

PAST UPDATES

  • September 11, 2019
    • The Town is on track to receive 500 building applications by the end of the year! Initially, the Town expected to receive about 200 applications by December 31st, but stronger than expected interest in rebuilding has surpassed our projections.
    • Governor Newsom signed legislation that will temporarily waive the requirement that all new homes be built with solar panels for homes rebuilt after the Camp Fire. Homes must be rebuilt prior to January 1, 2023, to be eligible for the exemption.
    • Paradise Recreation and Park District (PRPD) will bring the Ice Rink back to Paradise starting November 7, 2019! They are currently looking for sponsors and for seasonal employees to work at the rink. For more information, contact PRPD at (530) 872-6393. The deadline to apply is Sept. 23rd.
    • Council Recap - Town Council met on Tuesday the 10th and took action on several items:
      • Council approved the zoning ordinances to prohibit railroad tie structures or retaining walls, set the minimum size for a primary dwelling at 750 sqft, and approved a 2 year period in which property owners with dwellings less than 750 sqft prior to the fire could submit plans to rebuild a similar-sized structure. They also approved the requirement that manufactured homes be no more than 10 years old from the date of manufacture.
      • Council approved a zoning ordinance amendment allowing properties with legal non-conforming use 2 years to reconstruct their dwelling without having to go through the usual application and hearing required. This exemption from the hearing process does not apply to properties in the Central Business Zone (Downtown area).
      • Council gave direction to staff to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the environmental study for the sewer project.
      • Council approved the defensible space ordinance presented by the Fire Chief which would prohibit any combustible material immediately adjacent to structures and allow only low-growing vegetation within 5 feet of any structure or building.
      • November 8th was officially designed “Camp Fire Remembrance Day”, and there will be 86 seconds of silence observed for the 86 lives lost at 11:08 am.
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