Chapel Hill: Council to Weigh Food Truck Rules

By KATELYN FERRAL | NewsObserver.com

CHAPEL HILL – Food trucks will be up for debate when the Town Council holds a public hearing during its 7 p.m. Monday meeting in Town Hall.

The town has proposed letting food trucks operate in some lots in commercial districts, with property owners’ permission, and a permit.

The vendor and parking lot owner would also have to apply for annual permits to make sure they are following health and safety regulations.

Under the proposed ordinance, food trucks would have to be stationed at least 100 feet from the entrance of an existing restaurant and not disrupt parking during a restaurant’s business hours.

Trucks would not be allowed to offer seating, and would have to park at least 30 parking spaces away from another truck in a lot.

Some council members and Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt want to make sure tax revenue from the trucks gets back to the county and town.

Town staff have said the town could ask the General Assembly for permission to enact a law that would require tax revenue from food trucks in Chapel Hill to come back to the town.

Chapel Hill began looking into the regulations last year after Lex Alexander, owner of the 3Cups wine, tea and coffee shop on Elliott Road, asked the Town Council to allow food trucks in the town.

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