If you’ve been dreaming of a community with more choice in food trucks, your wish is on its way.
Salmon Arm council is pondering a policy that would make nine city properties available to food truck vendors.
The locations proposed in a new city bylaw include: Blackburn Park, the Canoe ball diamonds, Fletcher Park, Klahani Park, Little Mountain, Marine Park, McGuire Lake (the 6th Street NE Boulevard), the recreation centre, and Hudson Avenue NE (the Ross Street Plaza).
Mobile food vending would be allowed only in specified spots – ranging from one to three per location, March 1 to Oct. 31, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Licensed food trucks would operate on a ‘first arrival’ basis, with no one allowed to set up before 5 a.m.
Kevin Pearson, the city’s director of development services, explained to council that five licences have been issued to four food-truck operators this year, most who conduct their business on private property that’s zoned to allow ‘outside vending.’
He says the proposed policy came about because the city has received requests over the past three or four years from vendors wanting to operate at Little Mountain Park and Blackburn Park.
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The policy would be something of an experiment the first year, he says, adding that larger centres have set up reservation systems while the goal in Salmon Arm at this stage is “to keep it relatively simple.”
Currently carts are allowed downtown at designated spots in the Ross Street Plaza and Fletcher Park.
Pearson forwarded his report to the four food-truck vendors with licences. The only feedback came from one regarding generators. Pearson says only generators with a 60 decibel or less rating would be allowed.
Although there are two mobile vending sites mentioned for Blackburn Park at both sides of the park with Rosa’s Taco Stand in the middle, Coun. Alan Harrison said he would like to consider how having two would affect her business. She had expressed opposition to the plan. Harrison said he’d lean towards having just one. No mobile vendors will be allowed at Blackburn during the Roots and Blues Festival.
The public still has time to respond. Once the report on mobile vending is finalized, the bylaw changes required will be the subject of a public hearing.
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