Drop-in session Saturday, May 7, for Holiday Farm Fire survivors with rebuilding questions

Drop-in session Saturday, May 7, for Holiday Farm Fire survivors with rebuilding questions
Posted on 04/28/2022

Lane County Land Management is hosting a drop-in session on Saturday, May 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the McKenzie Community School New Gym (51187 Blue River Drive) for Holiday Farm Fire survivors who are working through the rebuilding process. 


“We know from talking with survivors that many are still deciding whether to rebuild or how to rebuild,” said Lane County Permit Navigator Marianne Nolte. “It can be a complicated process and our planners and building officials want to sit down with people to help them understand what they need for their specific properties.”


People will be able to get help with:

  • understanding what forms are required
  • locating what records already exist for a property
  • checking permit status
  • understanding sanitation requirements
  • determining required setbacks
  • understanding building permits and inspections


Representatives from McKenzie Locals Helping Locals, McKenzie Valley Long Term Recovery Group, and disaster case managers will also be on-hand to help connect fire survivors to resources and help.


For survivors unable to attend Saturday’s drop-in session, Nolte continues to be available on Tuesdays at the McKenzie School New Gym from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and at the Leaburg Annex (42870 McKenzie Highway - milepost 20) on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon.


In addition to creating the permit navigator position that Nolte holds, Lane County has taken other steps to help reduce the barriers to rebuilding for fire survivors, including:

  • Adding 7 FTE (full-time equivalent employees) to Land Management to help handle the influx of applications
  • Waiving many land use application fees for dwellings and businesses
  • Advocating for changes to state land use laws that make it easier for people to rebuild after a wildfire
  • Working with state agencies to provide grants for people who rebuild with fire-resistant materials


More information about rebuilding is available at www.mckenzierebuilds.org