The topic of regulating food trucks in the city was once again before the Charlottesville Planning Commission Tuesday night.
A food truck movement in Charlottesville is one step closer to being reality. The commission voted to approve the proposed food truck ordinance that would make it easier for mobile food units to set up shop in the city.
The ordinance came before the commission in January, but commission members said it was too vague and wanted to see more detail.
Tuesday night, the commission was presented with an update. The amended ordinance keeps mobile units off residential and private properties unless a special use permit is acquired. Food trucks must keep a distance of 30 feet from established restaurants and seating will not be allowed. Each business must be in compliance with health department codes at all times.
All commission members were in favor of the ordinance and say it will boost entrepreneurship. Supporters also say these new rules will make it easier for food trucks to finally establish themselves and build a clientele.
"I'm very happy that we've progressed to the next step with this ordinance. I think it's going to be beneficial to a lot of food trucks and I think we're going to get a lot more in the coming year or so," said zoning administrator Read Brodhead.
"I'm a strong supporter of the food trucks and they started out as taco trucks and they've really come a long way, and I'd like to see the city take advantage of them," said Stanton Gregorman.
The food truck ordinance is expected to go before City Council for a final vote sometime in April.
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