By Alan Lytle | WUKY.org
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Urban County Council has unanimously approved a six-month pilot project allowing food trucks to set up in public street parking spaces.
The vote ended what had been a contentious two year situation pitting Food truck owners against downtown brick and mortar establishments.
Under the terms set forth by the Lexington Parking Authority, which monitors the city’s parking meters, food trucks will be allowed to set up on public streets in six designated zones, for two hours between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. However, after 5 they can stay in those zones longer. Food Trucks can set up in any metered spaces downtown from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., except those located within 100 feet from an open business or residential area.
Mobile food vendors can set up on any city street between 7 a.m. and 3 a.m. on weekends.
Council member Shevawn Akers, who chaired the food trucks workgroup, says the entrepreneurs will have to fill out a one-page application to participate in the pilot project and pay a $25 fee. The application form will be available on Monday.