Sunday, September 26, 2021

Paradise Town Council ready to deal with Interim Housing Ordinance again

On Tuesday night the Paradise Town Council will vote on how it will resolve the Interim Housing Ordinance discussed in August.

The Council will be asked to pass an Interim Housing Emergency Ordinance with amendments that will extend the term of the Ordinance to April 20, 202; Remove all optional consent limits, approve all temporary use permissions issued by September 30, 2021, without any active code violation, to be extended to April 2023.

It will also add language to a temporary use permit revocation when two or more breach notices are issued within a calendar year or two or more citations are issued for a single code breach.

The new ordinance will also create an exception committee consisting of two council members.

Currently, the city says it has 288 temporary use permits (TUPs) that would potentially be positively impacted by the proposed ordinance amendment.

That number of workers noted that 18 people were already working with the Town Housing Division or signing contracts with builders to work on the restructuring.

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According to the workers, any extension issued by the council will also benefit them as the deadline for issuing their reconstruction permits is currently set for December 31, 2021.

The remaining 270 TUPs are due to expire on September 30, 2021.

In this issue, staff believe that 22 sites are currently in violation of one or more provisions of the Emergency Ordinance and that they will not receive the April 2023 extension until the end of this month.

The city says at least one of these sites has been issued a breach notice, while about half have been cited.

Staff said the three most common violations are not being connected to a functional septic system, not being connected to electrical services (still using generators) and having too much RV on site.

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If the city adopts the new ordinance amendment as proposed, staff said those 22 sites could be downgraded if consent is not reached by September 30.

Paradise Town Council ready to deal with Interim Housing Ordinance again
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