Ashland City, TN: AC Seeks Answers About Food Trucks

By STAFF | Tennessean.com

Michael Armstrong - Building & Codes Official

Food trucks have become a staple on the streets of Nashville, and now they are rolling into Ashland City.

However, as the trucks have started to set up shop in the city, questions have surfaced over their regulation.

Michael Armstrong of the Ashland City building and codes department said city officials met last week with the city’s new planner to get some guidance on the food trucks.

The city recently contracted with the Greater Nashville Regional Council for its planning services.

Armstrong said the city has received some inquiries from food truck operators in Nashville.

“We are trying to get some answers to help us better define some things and to determine how we need to handle this,” he said.

At least one food truck has been selling items around the city at local companies during lunchtime.

Some Ashland City restaurant owners told The Times they want to make sure the food trucks are properly regulated, and the operators are paying any fees or taxes like they do to operate in the city.

Ashland City is not the only government dealing with food trucks.

In Nashville, the city’s Traffic and Parking Commission is now looking to regulate where the food trucks can operate.

For instance, many food truck owners want to be able to park downtown.

The issue will be discussed at the September Traffic and Parking Commission meeting.

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