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Cville Planning Commission Talks Food Trucks, Has Yet to Vote

Posted: Updated: Jan 8, 2013 10:48 PM EST

The topic of regulating food trucks on the downtown mall came before the Charlottesville Planning Commission Tuesday night.

Though the food truck ordinance was a heavily discussed topic at the meeting, the commission decided not to vote on the proposal Tuesday night. They say there are still many questions that need answers.

Food trucks have the potential to bring more diversity to city, but there are some specifics regarding where they can park that need to be hashed out first.

"We wanted to bring forward a mobile food truck ordinance to allow them to come to the city. Right now we don't have any rules so we basically wanted to make them legal and encourage more mobile food units to set up in Charlottesville," said Read Brodhead, a zoning administrator.

Commission members say they want to make sure the ordinance is in line with Health Department guidelines before moving any further.

Right now, on private property, one permit would belong to one space. They say having that space tied to one vendor could be problematic.

"One of the things that I've seen in places that I think is really great is that if you've got a business that turns out a couple hundred consumers walk out of the front door at lunch. To have a different food cart there every day of the week is very valuable," said Michael Osteen, a commission member.

Commission members believe these food trucks will boost entrepreneurship and life in Charlottesville. The zoning administrators will take the feedback and return within the next two months with a new proposal.

"I actually would rather put together an ordinance that is sound rather than have to make a bunch of amendments and come back at another date. I was happy to gather notes and it sounds like we have some more research to do," Brodhead said.

Putting a cap on the number of food trucks that can be in one location is something they want to see added. They also want the zoning administrators to get input from the restaurants in the city.

Tuesday night the commission also held a lengthy discussion about the preliminary report for the planned urban development on Elliot Street.

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