Development Services

If you are looking to create jobs, talk with us. We process Building Permits including Plan Review, Inspections and coordination with other agencies to issue Permits. We process Development Applications including environmental review, provide zoning information and support long-range planning through the County’s General Plan. Code Enforcement responds to Building, Land Use, Abandoned Vehicles, Noise, Nuisance Abatement and the County’s Restrictions on Cultivation of Medical Marijuana Ordinance complaints.

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Tuscan Ridge

Project Summary: The proposed project would include subdivision of the project site to develop a total of 165 single-family residential lots. The lots would range in size from 4,000 square feet (sf) to 40,000 sf. The proposed project would additionally include commercial development occupying approximately 31 acres of the project site, including approximately four acres for improved buildings and parking and approximately 27 acres for mini storage units (53,000 square feet) and outdoor RV and boat storage. The proposed project would also include the development of a sanitary waste disposal station. Additionally, approximately 3.1 acres of the site would consist of landscaped areas and 65.6 acres would consist of recreational and open space areas to include bicycle and pedestrian trails. Various associated improvements would be included in the development of the proposed project infrastructure. Access to the site would be provided through the existing driveway from Skyway Road near the center of the site, which would be improved as part of the project, and a new access near the eastern end of the site. Internal roadways throughout the site would be public, to be dedicated to the County for maintenance. The area of the project site within 350 feet of the centerline of Skyway Road is within the associated Scenic Highway (SH) Overlay Zone. The proposed project would require County approval of a General Plan Text Amendment; Planned Development (PD) Rezone; Subdivision Map; and a Minor Use Permit for development within the SH Overlay Zone. Additional Minor Use Permits and/or Conditional Use Permits may subsequently be required in the future for specific commercial uses. Other approvals necessary to implement the proposed project would include annexation of the project site into the service area of the Paradise Irrigation District (PID), subject to approval by the Butte Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo).

Project Location: The project site consists of approximately 163 acres located on the southeast side of Skyway Road, in unincorporated Butte County, between Chico and Paradise, California, and is identified by Assessor’s Parcel Numbers (APNs) 040-520-104, 040-520-105, 040-520-106, 040-520-107, 040-520-108, 040-520-109, 040-520-110, and 040-520-111. The site is located approximately three miles southwest of the Town of Paradise, 0.5-mile northeast of the Rocky Bluffs residential subdivision, across the Skyway, and four miles east of the City of Chico. The project site is situated on a prominent ridge, which is the location of the previous Tuscan Ridge Golf Club. Skyway, which is identified by the Butte County General Plan as a County Scenic Highway, runs the entire length of the northwest site boundary and Paradise Rod & Gun Club is located adjacent to the northeast of the site.

Notice of Preparation

On February 23, 2022, the Department of Development Services issued a Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (NOP) for the Tuscan Ridge Development project. The NOP provides an opportunity for agencies, organizations and interested persons to comment on the proposed scope of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

A public scoping meeting, both virtual and in-person to received verbal (and written) comments on the propose scope of the EIR is is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 14, 2022. The meeting will be held in the Butte County Human Resources Training Room, located at 3 County Center Drive, Oroville.

If you have any questions, please contact Senior Planner Mark Michelena via email or by phone at 530.552.3683.


Community Choice Aggregation – Butte County is currently researching whether Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) could be an option for customers within the city and unincorporated areas of the County. CCA is a program that allows cities, counties and other qualifying governmental entities to purchase and/or generate electricity for their residents and businesses.  If a local CCA is formed, it would purchase and/or generate electricity for customers and PG&E would continue to deliver the electricity through its transmission and distribution system and provide meter reading, billing, and maintenance services for CCA customers. Learn more about a CCA in Butte County at   

Completed Projects

PowerButte Utility-Scale Solar Guide (September 26, 2017) - The Butte County  Board of Supervisors approved the Butte Utility-Scale Solar Guide on September 26, 2017 on a 5-0 vote.  The Butte Utility-Scale Solar Guide is a component of the PowerButte initiative and is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about utility-scale solar facilities within unincorporated Butte County, including landowners, developers, community members, and decision-makers. If you have any questions, please contact Principal Planner Dan Breedon via email or by phone at (530) 553-3682.






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