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Raleigh City Council to consider food truck change

Posted October 5, 2012

— Raleigh City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss possible changes to regulations that control food trucks.

The proposed changes would increase the number of food trucks allowed on a lot, and food trucks would also be allowed within the downtown overlay district. The changes are recommended by the council's law and public safety committee, a Raleigh City Council spokeswoman said.

The new regulations would allow two food trucks per one-half acre lot, and a maximum of four food trucks would be allowed on lots between one and two acres. 

The proposed increases are coming after a six-month review of the existing food truck regulations, the spokeswoman said. No complaints and enforcement issues have been received from the existing regulations.

The hearing with the Planning Commission will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 16.

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  • piene2 Oct 5, 6:40 p.m.

    Anything at all is better then those disgusting fast food dumps. If anyone should be prohibited from operating it is them.

  • independent_thinker Oct 5, 5:37 p.m.

    "Liberalism will always attempt to curtail economic freedom and pick winners and losers whenever possible"

    Funny, Durham has had free market food truckin' going on for years now - as bastion of liberalism that makes your claim seem unfounded. It's the Restaurant Association that wants a monopoly - which is usually what we see from the so-called "job creators".

  • godnessgracious2 Oct 5, 4:43 p.m.

    Liberalism will always attempt to curtail economic freedom and pick winners and losers whenever possible.

    Yep, it sucks when they pick clean drinking water to be the winner over corporations dumping pollution to save money. The stock market would be so much better if we just let all corporations do whatever they want.

  • RaleighConservative Oct 5, 4:27 p.m.

    In other words they are going to consider whether they have any freedom at all when they should have been free to reasonably do whatever they wanted to begin with........ Liberalism will always attempt to curtail economic freedom and pick winners and losers whenever possible.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Oct 5, 3:55 p.m.

    "While I'm absolutely certain there will be outcrys about how unfair this is to brick and mortar businesses..."

    We have a lot of food trucks in Durham and while they're fun and the ones I have tried are pretty good, I really don't think the B&Ms are in much danger. With a food truck you usually end up standing on a sidewalk or sitting at a picnic table or park bench eating food out of your hand, and each truck only has a couple of offerings on their menu. There are still plenty of times when you want to go sit at a table, order from a nice menu and have your food brought to you.

  • outhousecat Oct 5, 2:12 p.m.

    I wonder how long it takes the City Council to order off a menu? It's taking them months to settle this little bit of business.

  • chuckbiscuits Oct 5, 12:42 p.m.

    There is nothing wrong with having taken a measured approach to food truck rules. These recommended rule changes were expected after the 6 month trial ran out back when this whole thing started. As long as they are good neighbors in the DOD and don't trash the blocks that they are one, there should continue to be no problem.

    As far as outcry, they still have to observe the buffer zone between themselves and B&Ms, so the only outcry I expect is from trucks that want to park right in front of restaurants.

    That said, food trucks still really only make sense in places where there aren't any food options, such as parts of RTP, so if they can fill some kind of niche in downtown, so be it - I like the idea of late night food of questionable quality out of a truck. The truck owners can continue to think they are gourmet and people can grab something to soak up alcohol. It's a win-win.

  • Mitch Oct 5, 12:34 p.m.

    Didn't Robespierre have a committee of public safety?

  • harleysfather60 Oct 5, 12:30 p.m.

    Raleigh Rest. Assoc & Downtown Ral. Alliance work to keep the food trucks out. The city goes along with them becuase it is harder to collect taxs from the trucks. They can attract late night violence but few alternatives for reasonably priced food.

  • Scubagirl Oct 5, 12:14 p.m.

    While I'm absolutely certain there will be outcrys about how unfair this is to brick and mortar businesses, I think it's GREAT!!!

    If your food is good people will come and be loyal and not go elsewhere to food trucks. If not then.....it's not the fault of the food truck merely their good fortune.

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