Town of Paradise

The Town of Paradise invites applicants for the position of Public Works Maintenance Worker I/II. Applications will be accepted until 5 pm on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The job flyers and application forms can be found by clicking here.

Notice is hereby given that the Town of Paradise, as the lead agency, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Black Olive Village Project (proposed project) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code [PRC] Section 21000 et seq.) and the CEQA Guidelines (14 California Code of Regulations [CCR] Section 15000 et seq.). A summary of the project description and the potential environmental effects of the proposed project are presented below.

The Town is seeking written comments on the Draft EIR. The 45-day public review period will begin on February 12, 2018 and end on March 28, 2018. This review period is established for the purpose of receiving written comments on the accuracy and adequacy of the Draft EIR together with other information relative to the environmental effects of the project.

CEQA Guidelines Section 15204 recommends that commenters provide detailed comments that focus on the sufficiency of the Draft EIR in identifying and analyzing the possible impacts on the environment and ways in which the significant effects of the project might be avoided or mitigated. CEQA Guidelines Section 15204 also notes that commenters should provide an explanation and evidence supporting their comments. Pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15064, an effect will not be considered significant in the absence of substantial evidence supporting such a conclusion.

Comments may be submitted in writing at any time during the review period, but they must be received by the Town no later than 5:00 PM on March 28, 2018.  Comments may be mailed, emailed, or faxed to:

Craig Baker, Community Development Director
Town of Paradise
5555 Skyway
Paradise, CA 95969
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: (530) 877-5059

A.        Project Location

The proposed Black Olive Village project is located in the central part of the Town of Paradise in an urbanized area directly west of the intersection of Skyway and Black Olive Drive and comprises assessor parcel numbers: 052-211-007, -021, -036, and -037, and 052-182-092. The site is designated as Town Commercial (T-C) in the Town’s General Plan and is zoned Community-Commercial (C-C), which provides for a full range of commercial uses, including retail, restaurants, and service stations. A conditional use permit will be required due to the size of the project.

b.         Project Description

The proposed project would result in the construction and operation of 67,473 square feet of retail uses, which would include a Safeway supermarket (54,471 square feet) and 7,800 square feet of additional retail adjoining the store; a 4,200-square-foot restaurant pad that could accommodate high-turnover, sit-down restaurant; a 9-station (18 pumps) fueling center with canopy; a 1,002-square-foot fueling center kiosk; and a landscaped parking lot with 278 parking spaces. The Safeway store would operate seven days per week, 24 hours per day, and employ approximately 125 persons. The existing approximately 35,000-square-foot Safeway store in Old Town Plaza on Clark Road would be closed. A new use or tenant for the vacated store has not been identified, and there are no plans to demolish the space.

Off-site frontage improvements to Skyway to accommodate the proposed project would include a primary driveway entrance aligned opposite to Black Olive Drive (which would be a signalized intersection following improvements by the Town in 2017-18, unrelated to the proposed project); a secondary access driveway (northern driveway) for the fueling center; curb, gutter, and sidewalk; and a public bus turnout and shelter. Delivery truck access to the project is proposed via the northern driveway. Delivery trucks accessing the site would enter the site via the northern driveway, proceed to the two loading docks via a one-way route at the rear of the Safeway store, and exit via the primary driveway at Black Olive Drive. Smaller delivery trucks would use either driveway to access the site. The Safeway store loading docks would be below grade and use recessed bay doors with sealed gaskets to reduce noise from off-loading trailers. Local deliveries would be through an at-grade roll-up door and a Mondoor.

The project proposes a contemporary mountain theme for the supermarket building façade. The building would be accented with a mixture of gable roofs over the two main entries, varying roofline parapet offsets, architectural pop-outs, a mixture of wall finishes, an outdoor trellis, patio areas, and articulated entry vestibules. There would be two monument signs: one for the Black Olive shopping center (approximately 8 feet tall) and one with fuel prices. Perimeter landscaping would be designed to minimize sight-line impacts to nearby residential uses. Vegetation would be used to help screen buildings from view of vehicles traveling on Skyway. Parking lot lighting would consist of 20-foot-high fixtures that would be shielded to prevent the direct projection of light on adjacent properties.

Project development would involve the demolition and removal of approximately 22 existing residential and commercial structures on the site (approximately 9,300 square feet total), the clearing of land including the removal of approximately 180 trees larger than 10 inches in diameter, and cut/fill and grading to prepare a level site. A retaining wall would be installed on the west side of the site, along the rear of the building where the truck delivery access would be, and along a portion of the north side and southwest side. Water service for the proposed project would be provided by the Paradise Irrigation District. The project would include an on-site wastewater secondary treatment system. Stormwater from the proposed project would be collected into mechanical structures and treated in on-site stormwater detention basins prior to discharge into the Town’s stormwater drainage system.

B.         Required Approvals and Permits

Discretionary actions required to be taken by the Town of Paradise may include, but are not limited to, the actions listed below:

  • Certification of the EIR
  • Approval of architectural designs and landscape plans
  • Grading and building permits
  • Site plan approval
  • Conditional use permit approval
  • Issuance of tree-felling permits
  • Approval of lot line modifications

The EIR may be used to support additional subsequent approvals, determinations, and/or permits that may be required from local, regional, state, or federal agencies in the processing of the proposed project; agencies include, but are not limited to:

  • Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Region (Region 5)
  • Butte County Air Pollution Control District
  • Butte County Environmental Health
  • State Water Resources Control Board

C.         Significant Environmental Effects

The Draft EIR includes a detailed analysis of the proposed project’s potentially significant effects on aesthetics, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions/climate change, noise, and traffic.

D.        Availability of Draft EIR

The Draft EIR is available on the Town’s website at: pdf Environmental Impact Report for the Black Olive Village Project (Skyway) (5.41 MB)

The Draft EIR is also available for review during normal business hours at the following locations:

Town of Paradise
5555 Skyway
Paradise, CA 95969
(530) 872-6291

Butte County Library
5922 Clark Road
Paradise, CA 95969
(530) 872-6320

 

All documents referenced in the Draft EIR are available upon request by contacting Mr. Baker at (530) 672-6291 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Town of Paradise Public Works to Begin Annual

Herbicide Application on Public Roads

 February 5, 2018

The Town of Paradise Public Works Department will begin the annual roadside herbicide application starting February 6, 2018. This work is taking place about one month earlier than typical years due to the unseasonably warm and dry weather we are currently experiencing. Performing this work while weeds are still low in growth reduces the fire danger for the upcoming summer while keeping drainage ditches clear to prevent future flooding.

The spraying will consist of critical road shoulders, drainage ditches, as well as spot spraying the poison oak and invasive broom species. A listing of roads to be treated is provided below.

Bille Road

Pearson Road

Buschmann Road

Pentz Road

Clark Road

Sawmill Road

Elliott Road

Skyway

Foster Road

South Libby Road

Honey Run Road

Yellowstone Kelly Heritage Trailway

Neal Road

Valley View Drive

North Libby Road

Wagstaff Road

Nunneley Road

Wayland Road

Oliver Road

 

If residents would prefer to not have roadway edge sprayed adjacent to their property, please sign up for a “no spray” agreement online at the following website: http://www.townofparadise.com/topaccess. Residents may also contact the Town Clerk’s office at (530) 872-6291 x102 to arrange for a “no-spray” agreement. We request a contact name, address and phone number for our files and that the resident manually keep the weeds and invasive species cleared. Residents who have already completed a “no-spray” agreement do not need to resubmit each year.

Trained and licensed operators will do all spraying in strict compliance with the Butte County Agricultural Commissioner requirements and the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Most treated areas will have a six to eight foot wide band of herbicide applied (from the edge of pavement outward). This treatment reduces the amount of weeds and vegetation alongside the roadway edges and will greatly reduce the chance of carelessly thrown cigarettes causing a wildland fire later this summer.

We do not anticipate any traffic delays. Spraying operations will be performed with a marked Town of Paradise pickup truck and a 300-gallon pull spray tank. If motorists encounter the spraying operations, please stay back a reasonable distance. The operators will pull off the roadway and allow the motorists to pass at the first convenient location.

For further information, contact Marc Mattox,  (530) 872-6291 x125, Monday-Thursday, 8am to 5pm

Burn Permits will be available for sale Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018

For more burn permit information please contact:

The Paradise Fire Department @ 872-6264, option 1 (automated recording).

SPRING BURN PERIOD MARCH, APRIL & MAY - ALTERNATING EAST AND WEST OF CLARK RD.

LIMITED BURNING

January rains were encouraging however cumulative rainfall is still far below average for this time of the year. It’s evident that without significant improvement, California is headed back into drought conditions. In the absence of any more significant rain, burning may be suspended on April 1st.  The determination of whether to suspend burning or not will be made by the Fire Chief based on the fire risk. Please call the Paradise Burn Information line at (530) 872-6264 x 1 to check the status of burning after March 31, 2018.

WHO CAN BURN/HOW TO OBTAIN A PERMIT:

  • Residential burning is permitted only with a valid burn permit.

Permits are available on-line at the following link: https://citizen.townofparadise.com/CitizenAccess/ or in person at the Paradise Fire Department located at 767 Birch St. Paradise, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to noon. ($25 cash or check)

WHEN YOU CAN BURN:

  • Only on days approved by the Butte County Air Quality Management District (BCAQMD). Prior to burning please call BCAQMD at 332-9407 for daily burn status, listen to option 2 for information specific to Paradise.
  • March 1, 2018 through May 31, 2018: On permissive burn days approved by BCAQMD, residents may burn alternating East and West Zones. Residents East of Clark Rd. may burn the 1st through the 15th of the month; residents West of Clark Rd. may burn the 16th through the end of the month. BURNING MAY BE SUSPENDED APRIL 1st depending on weather conditions.
  • 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (fire and embers must be completely extinguished by 2:00 p.m.).
  • Burning may be suspended during periods of strong wind. Any suspension will be reflected in the BCAQMD daily burn status.

‘Safe Streets for Paradise’ Road Safety Study

 Paradise, CA: Through a state-funded grant, the Town of Paradise has officially launched the ‘Safe Streets for Paradise’ campaign – an effort to evaluate roadway safety across selected corridors while soliciting public feedback on what is viewed as top safety concerns across all Paradise roadways. The campaign represents a multi-faceted approach to analyze historical collision data and proactively evaluate safety concerns, enabling the Town to better compete for State and Federal safety grant opportunities.

Residents may visit www.safestreetsforparadise.com to review the overall project effort in addition to providing site-specific feedback using an interactive mapping and comment tool. This tool allows residents to place their respective concerns spatially on the map where the condition exists, allowing for a comprehensive review by the project team.

The Safe Streets for Paradise effort also involves garnering input from community leaders and general public. On December 14, 2017 at Sierra Hall (6165 Center Street, Paradise) the Town of Paradise will be hosting two meetings, each with a focus of identifying and prioritizing community needs as it relates to roadway safety. The first meeting at 1:00 PM is targeted for community leaders and stakeholders. The second meeting will be an open, drop-in workshop between 4:00– 6:00 PM, providing residents an opportunity to hear an overview of historical crash patterns and trends, provide input about safety concerns and learn about some of the types of projects which could be constructed to improve conditions.

Following completion of the public input portion of the project, a final community meeting will be scheduled in early 2018 to review identified projects and discuss priorities for future grant applications.

Funding for this effort is provided by the California Department of Transportation, Highway Safety Improvement Program.

Contact: Marc Mattox, Public Works Director at (530) 872-6291 x125

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