By Jane Caulfield | Metro
After lengthy discussion the city’s Planning and Operating Committee decided the Food Truck Policy, which was presented to the committee on Tuesday, needs some re-tooling before it goes to city council for final approval.
Committee members, as well as speakers from the affected BIDS, raised concerns over a number of regulations outlined in the original policy, specifically about taxation and the 30-metre buffer zone between a food truck and an existing restaurant.
Councillors Darren Hill and Mairin Loewen said they felt the 30-metre buffer would limit the ability for a food truck proprietor to successfully operate a business.
“I will not be supporting the 30-metres. I can support 10-metres and also a description that would prohibit them from being directly across the block from a restaurant,” said Hill.
Similarly, a buffer of 30-metres leaves no room for food trucks in the Broadway BID area, which councillor Charlie Clark said supports the program.
Committee chair councillor Randy Donauer said he isn’t concerned about placement, but would like to see an in-depth examination on how other cities tax food trucks to ensure there is a level playing field for all businesses.
Re-tooling the policy
Other items city administration will be examining are:
- Examine if clustering food trucks, or having more on one block is a viable option
- Get rid of the clause that gave BIDs discretion around alternate Food Truck location
- Broaden consultation to include hotels and restaurants beyond whom they’ve already spoken with.