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Upper Ridge Community Plan - Final (PDF 35 MB)   

The Upper Ridge Community Plan has been prepared to reflect Magalia's shared vision of the community's future after the devastating effects of the 2018 Camp Fire. The Plan identifies specific goals, strategies, and recommendations that will shape multiple aspects of life in the Upper Ridge, such as future housing; healthy and resilient neighborhoods; protection and management of natural resources; community safety; and social and economic equity in the Upper Ridge plan area over the next twenty years. 

The Butte County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 22-038 on March 8, 2022. The Resolution accepted the Upper Ridge Community Plan and directed the Department of Development Services to include the Plan with the General Plan 2040 Update and Environmental Impact Report for adoption by the Board of Supervisors at a later date. 

The Upper Ridge Community Plan was reviewed at a public hearing by the Planning Commission on January 27, 2022.  At that hearing, the Planning Commission adopted Resolution PC22-01, recommending that the Board of Supervisors accept the Upper Ridge Community Plan and that plan adoption take place upon completion of environmental review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  The Planning Commission endorsed the public comments made at the hearing, which are summarized here:


Technical information and a broad analysis of existing conditions within the Upper Ridge Community Plan Area to provide a solid foundation for the development of recommendations and alternatives.

Community Character Analysis - Description of land uses, character, and circulation for each neighborhood within the Plan Area

Transportation/Circulation Analysis - Overview of existing transportation conditions including traffic safety, barriers, and opportunities

Infrastructure and Services Analysis - Summary of water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities

Hazards and Safety Analysis - Summary of the local emergency management framework and approach, and hazard profiles

Demographics and Market Conditions Analysis - Overview of demographic and economic trends and conditions

FIRST COMMUNITY WORKSHOP - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2021 at 6:00-7:30 pm [Closed]

Learn about the project and interact with other participants
to brainstorm goals and objectives for shaping the Upper
Ridge area in the future.

Community Workshop #1 PowerPoint Presentation

Community Workshop #1 Recording

Community Workshop #1 Summary

SECOND COMMUNITY WORKSHOP - WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2021 at 6:00-7:30 pm [Closed]

Interact with other participants to brainstorm improvements that would enhance livability in the Upper Ridge area. Potential topics will include housing, transportation, resiliency/fire safety, communications, infrastructure, and more.

Community Workshop #2 PowerPoint Presentation

Community Workshop #2 Focus Group Visual Guide

Community Workshop #2 Recording

Community Workshop #2 Summary


THIRD COMMUNITY WORKSHOP - WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2021 at 6:00-7:30 pm [Closed]

Interact with other participants to review and discuss initial concepts and potential improvements developed by the project team after Workshop #2.

Community Workshop #3 PowerPoint Presentation

Community Workshop #3 Focus Group Visual Guide

Community Workshop #3 Recording

Community Workshop #3 Summary

FOURTH COMMUNITY WORKSHOP - TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2021 (4:30-7:00 pm - Magalia Community Center, 13917 South Park Drive) [Closed]

Interact with other participants to review and discuss refined concepts and potential improvements developed by the project team after Workshop #3. These concepts and improvements will be incorporated into the Draft Plan to be released for public review in Fall 2021.

Community Workshop #4 PowerPoint Presentation

Community Workshop #4 Summary and Survey Results



The Butte County Upper Ridge Community Plan Project Team is starting a collaborative community engagement process to develop a shared vision for the Upper Ridge area. Your input will help determine priorities for the project!.

Upper Ridge Community Plan Survey Results



Brief description and schedule of four ongoing, long-range planning projects in the County.  



The Upper Ridge Community Plan will set a vision and provide policy guidance for the areas within the unincorporated portion of Butte County north of the Town of Paradise, including Magalia and Paradise Pines area, collectively known as the Upper Ridge. The exact boundary for the Upper Ridge Community Plan will be determined during the planning process..

The 2018 Camp Fire destroyed 2,158 homes within the Upper Ridge area, along with many other non-residential structures, especially in the lower Paradise Pines subdivision. The devastation from this fire highlighted the Butte County Upper Ridge area’s vulnerability to wildland fires and has changed the population, landscape, and priority for this area for many years to come.

Butte County is interested in working with current and past residents, property owners, business owners, and other interested parties to develop the Upper Ridge Community Plan. The Upper Ridge Community Council has identified many aspects of this community that would benefit from a community plan, especially in the area of fire safety, evacuation routes, land use planning, community and economic development, affordable housing, infrastructure, recreation, and quality of life. Magalia’s commercial core has developed without extensive planning, and could potentially support higher density housing (under a Transfer of Development Rights, or “TDR” program), as well as a community gathering place/small plaza/ cultural center to hold special community events and to support and strengthen community character and identity.


A community plan is a policy document and sets forth goals, objectives, policies, and programs to address specific issues related to a particular community. A community plan can also include a land use map identifying where land uses (such as residential, commercial, and industrial) are permitted as well as design standards or guidelines for new development.

Community plans refine the policies of a general plan as they apply to a smaller geographic area and are implemented by ordinances and other discretionary actions, such as zoning. The community plan process also provides an opportunity to identify local needs so that the plan can provide greater detail regarding important development and conservation policies within a given geographic area. The Upper Ridge Community Plan would be an extension of the Butte County General Plan, adopted by Butte County in 2010 (Butte County General Plan 2030). While the Upper Ridge planning process is underway, Butte County will be simultaneously undertaking a focused update to the General Plan.


  • Develop a land use blueprint for post-Camp Fire recovery and provide important policy direction for future growth, circulation, infrastructure, conservation, and development
  • Provide a locally developed and supported vision for the community’s future
  • Engage the community as key decision makers to create conditions for health, safety, and equity
  • Plan for a vibrant, youth-friendly town center providing needed commercial services
  • Explore the use of an innovative transfer of development rights program that would encourage a variety of housing types, including affordable housing
  • Include policies that would be an example throughout California for developing a resilient and fire-adapted community.


November 2020-March 2021

  • Existing Conditions Analysis
  • Virtual Community Workshop #1 (January 27th, 2021 at 6:00 - 7:30 PM)

April-May 2021

  • Design Development
  • Virtual Community Workshop #2 (May 5th, 2021 at 6:00 - 7:30 PM)
  • Virtual Community Workshop #3 (May 26th, 2021 at 6:00 - 7:30 PM)
  • Community Workshop #4 (June 15th, 2021 at 4:30 - 7:30 PM, Magalia Community Center, 13917 South Park Drive)

June-November 2021

  • Feasibility and Capacity Analysis
  • Development of Transfer of Development Rights Program
  • Preparation of Draft Community Plan

November- December 2021

  • Adoption of Draft Community Plan
  • Preparation of Final Community Plan


Rowland Hickel                                                                                                                                                                                                  Senior Planner, Butte County                                                                                                                                                                         (530) 552-3684                                                                                                                                                                                           

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