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Fees and permits related to rebuilding

Clyde Orr inside Redding City Limits
August 28, 2018, 7:08 AM

In following the example of Santa Rosa, are the city of Redding and Shasta county going to waive fees for demolition permits if a resident decides to opt out of the CAL Recycle/OES debris removal process. Many people are going to do this to in hopes of expediting their rebuild time. Will the city and county still expedite the permit process for these families? As a local business owner, I am concerned by the number of people that are leaving the area because they can't wait 1-1/2 to 2 years to get their home rebuilt. Is there a list of fees that are being waived or decreased to assist those that are staying in the area? This would be good information to provide on the recovery website.

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City Manager's Office 12 months ago

Clyde, the draft rebuilding documents were posted on the website this afternoon (https://stories.opengov.com/reddingca/published/hWXZZcGZc). They took a lot of time and attention to develop, and they are still in draft form. They will be presented to builders/contractors/designers tonight to solicit feedback on the process and timeline for our residents. We hope to have them finalized within the week. City staff developed a process that will expedite and streamline the process for those rebuilding their homes. There is a lot of work to be done, but there is a checklist that has been provided to help guide homeowners through the process.
As for fees... there will be no city development fees for people wanting to rebuild the same or similar plans. There will be permitting fees, that insurance typically covers as part of the rebuild. Those fees will be in the $2-3,000 range. Feel free to check out the documents online and provide input if you feel so inclined. The City really does want to make the rebuild simple, quick and painless for residents.

 

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Clyde Orr 12 months ago

Thank you for the response. It is my understanding that the county is following the same guidelines. Is this the case? Are there similar documents for the county?

 


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Clyde Orr 12 months ago

I have several more question to ask:

1. The city of Santa Rosa waived fees for demolition permits and temporary housing permits and discretionary planning. In following their example are the city of Redding and Shasta County going to waive these fees?

2. As part of a family that lost 12 homes, some of them uninsured, I am extremely concerned for those without coverage. FEMA is paying a maximum of 34K to these families which they will use a portion of to live on during the debris cleanup. The 2-3K in permit fees to the county and city will be 10 to 20 percent of their remaining finances. Does the city and county have a plan to help these families? Can these fees be waived for those families based on financial hardship?

3. Once initial samples are taken (by Calrecycle/OES or a private contractor) on a property and nothing harmful is detected, regardless of whether debris removal is completed or not, the property owner should be allowed to move back onto their property with a temporary housing permit immediately. Is this correct?

4. How soon will the city and county start processing permits for demolition, temporary electrical service, and temporary housing?

 

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City Manager's Office 12 months ago

The City is not waiving demolition permits for those who "opt-out" of the CalOES sponsored debris removal program. If they have signed an ROE there will be no demo permits needed. The fees are not waived for financial hardship, either. There are programs available to help mitigate the costs. SBA, for example, has low interest, deferred payment loans for folks w/ho need gap funding to rebuild. FEMA, SBA and the Housing depts for City and County will be at the Community mtg this evening (Wednesday, 8/29 at 6pm) in the Council Chambers. I suggest they stop by to get those questions answered by the people making those decisions. Not sure what you mean by a temporary housing permit. The City doesn't have that, so you'll need to be a bit mores specific about what you're looking for. The City has already begun processing demolition permits. If you want to Opt-out, get the form in so that it can be processed. Some people have already pulled permits to begin debris clean up. I really encourage you to come in to talk to the Permit center to get specific answers to specific circumstances. They are available and are already working hard to get residents on track to clean up and rebuild.

 

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Jamie Orr 12 months ago

If the City of Redding is “working so hard to make rebuilding simple, quick and painless”, then why aren’t fees being waived for people with financial hardship that need to rebuild? What is the City of Redding really doing to help the people of our community with rebuilding?

 

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City Manager's Office 12 months ago

Jamie, while I can see how it may sound unfair, the fees that remain are not city development or impact fees. They are the fees that cover the cost of processing permits, reviewing plans, approving building specs, etc. There are codes that must be enforced, and new regulations that all homes must submit to. That unfortunately costs money. The City makes no profit from those fees, and they are actually much lower than they could be because that department is subsidized by the general fund to specifically keep those fees low. City staff have written ordinances to allow residents greater freedom in choosing temporary housing, passing resolutions to ensure our public is protected financially from price gouging, developing plans to protect our environment and waterways during the upcoming rainy season, plus coordinating with multiple state and federal agencies to ensure our general fund is the least impacted from the upcoming expenses related to recovery and rebuild. We have revamped the building process to create a simple to follow process that has buy-in from our local community of designers, builders and contractors... the ones doing the work and submitting the plans for review. We have brought in additional staff to help process the vast amount of work related to the Right of Entry and Opt-out forms. City staff has done quite a bit to help the community. The final $2-3,000 of permitting fees is a cost that cannot be waived. For those with insurance, policies will pay that fee for the homeowner. When you are underinsured or uninsured, it can be a problem. But, there are several options available. You and your family can go to the DRC and speak with representatives from the SBA or SCED to talk about additional resources of funding.

 


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