Supervisors approve Angora permit center |

Supervisors approve Angora permit center

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune New homes are being built in the Angora burn area. A dedicated permit center for fire victims who are rebuilding has been approved by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors.

Those who lost their homes in the Angora fire will have their own permit center to help smooth out the rebuilding process under a plan the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday.

Supervisors voted 3-2 to operate the Angora fire permit center through the end of the year, or until demand for its services tapers off, whichever comes first.

It will be in the El Dorado Center on Lake Tahoe Boulevard but separate from the county’s office for development services that also is housed there.

“We need a commitment to the folks that lost their homes,” said county Supervisor Norma Santiago, who has pushed for the center.

Of the 254 homes destroyed in the blaze, the permit process for rebuilding has not been started for about 100.

But of the 153 people who already have applied for permits to rebuild, many still need help navigating the system, which includes dealing with the utility district, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and inspectors, Santiago said.

The permit center, which could open as soon as March 1, will have a project manager on staff who will serve as an ombudsman to help homeowners through the process.

The cost for the permit center is estimated at $350,000. The county expects the state to cover 75 percent of that cost through the California Disaster Assistance Act.

The remainder of the funding will come from a grant through the TRPA.

Supervisors will hear a monthly report on activity at the center.

Santiago said the goal is to have families back into at least 100 homes by the end of this year.

“I really think we can achieve it,” she said. “People have tremendous spirit.”

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