Turlock City Council is expected to finally vote on the controversial food truck ban in areas of Downtown Turlock on Tuesday evening.
Food trucks are becoming a more popular option in the city. But you won’t see them setting up shop on every street corner. City Council is considering new regulations for food trucks.
Current rules don’t specify how the vendors should dispose of grease, and the city has had to repair clogged pipes and drains where a food truck dumped grease.
Balancing fairness for brick-and-mortar businesses, health concerns and support for entrepreneurial spirit muddy the waters. And Monday night’s lengthy debate is evidence of the bog that the City Council is now wading.f
The D.C. Council passed most of the proposed regulations on the city's food trucks today, but not all of them. Following up last week's session by the Committee on Business, Regulatory, and Consumer Affairs, the full Council approved the "non-controversial" portions of the regulations and gave itself the power to tweak the remaining regulations around which the big fight between the food truck industry and city officials revolves.
Officially, food trucks are regulated under the city's "ice cream rule," which prohibits mobile vendors from parking unless there is a gaggle of customers ready to line up and make a purchase. It also outlaws trucks from parking on blocks where the sidewalk is narrower than 10 feet.
The regulations proposed by Gray would formalize where and when food truck can vend, offering them more certainty as to where they can park and how long they can remain.
The Daily News has a dispatch from the meeting, where the Council discussed a bill introduced by Councilman Dan Garodnick earlier this month that would create specific parking spaces for food trucks, barring them from setting up anywhere else.
Tuesday, the Burnsville City Council will at last consider alterations to local ordinances to accommodate the proliferation of food trucks and other mobile retail.
Parking issues downtown ended up playing a key role in Council’s most recent decision.