City council faces yet another emergency ordinance decision – Chico Enterprise-Record


Paradise City Council on Tuesday evening will be invited to take action on two major points when it meets at Town Hall at 6 p.m.

First before the advisers is the Emergency Temporary Housing Order, linked to the 2018 camp fire. The decision will affect 270 residences, 242 of which are owner-occupied.

According to the agenda, these owners will have to show evidence of reconstruction progress by September 30 or they may be subject to code enforcement proceedings.

The September deadline, according to the agenda, has been extended to all temporary user permits that were originally scheduled to expire last December.

According to the staff report, the city discovered that the biggest obstacle to rebuilding residents is time and money. The city’s housing division interviewed residents who live in motorhomes and found they were limited to Social Security income that generates less than $ 1,200 per month, making it impossible to transition to social security. permanent rental housing.

Staff say this is because rents are typically capped at 30% of maximum income.

Age is another factor, according to city staff on the Agenda, as residents are uncomfortable taking on debt for a construction loan and rely on money from PG&E to build. or move.

The city’s agenda item also indicates that there are people living in RVs who are well below the region’s median income and are facing financial hardship.
Most of these people do not have the financial resources to rebuild or move into permanent housing, whether in Heaven or elsewhere, without settlement funds reaching them.

According to the city’s agenda, staff note that none of the planned housing subsidies or installation funds that were due to be released by the first quarter of this year have materialized.

In fact, city staff say based on discussions with state housing officials, these single-family housing subsidies won’t be operational until the end of this year. They also say it does not appear possible for the first round of PG&E payments to be completed by the end of the year, so few residents will have even received their notice of determination or settlement offers.

So now city staff are asking council to address some issues related to the ordinance.

First, staff want guidance on the two time limits left in the emergency order. The first is the September 30 deadline for temporary use permit holders to provide evidence of progress toward permanent housing in order to extend the permit until December 31.

The second is the December 31 deadline for the entire emergency order. This expiration includes the termination of the ability to:

  • Occupy recreational vehicles on private property without the issuance of a reconstruction permit.
  • Store recreational vehicles on vacant property.
  • Construct / have a storage building without a reconstruction permit having been issued.

Staff say that for those who are still waiting for financial resources to come, nothing more than more time on their property will allow them these opportunities.

Staff also said not all residents are looking to rebuild, saying some would move elsewhere, but the costs to do so are prohibitive and they cannot move until part of their PG&E settlement has been completed. not been paid.

City staff also said those wishing to rebuild might find that settlement funds are not enough to fund all of the construction and would be more receptive to city housing programs once they have their opinion. of determination.

These factors led staff to ask the board to consider leaving the prescription deadlines as they are and moving forward with the options for enforcing the code on properties that do not comply with the regulations. rebuilding requirements as each of the deadlines passes.

They could simply remove the September 30 deadline and simply allow all temporary use permits issued to expire on December 31. ) with alternative thresholds still in place at mid-term.

Staff said the move could apply to all current temporary use permit holders or only to displaced owner-occupied sites.

The second big decision will be whether or not to allow the transfer of the existing solid waste franchise agreement between the city and NRWS to Waste Management.

If the board does not like the agreement as presented, they can ask staff to negotiate, make other amendments to the agreement and present them to Waste Management and report them at a meeting. future board meeting.


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