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Chamber looking at food truck ordinance

Chaaron Pearson on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

As communities are filling their need for increased food trucks, one chamber is looking to help clarify a local food truck ordinance that is outdated and unclear.

The Napa Chamber is looking to help rewrite a city ordinance that increases clarity for food truck operators.  As it stands now, a food truck must move every 15 minutes.  If a truck wants to park on private property for a longer term, they must file for a use permit.  The ordinance doesnít include any truck design, operating times or location guidelines.

This issue came to the chamberís attention last fall after a food and beverage task force was formed.  The chamber learned that the city was asking food trucks to have use permits to linger in specific areas.

The chamber is asking that a group of food truck owners, restaurant owners, residents another others write a draft ordinance for city consideration.  While the draft ordinance is being written, the chamber is asking that the city postpone approving use permits until a new resolution is in place. 

The chamberís goal is not to tie up food trucks with more regulation, but to clear up misunderstandings of the current ordinance and create an even playing field for all restaurants.   

To read more: Napa Valley Register Ė Chamber asks for tougher look at food truck ordinance
Napa Business Focus - Napa Chamberís Letter to City of Napa

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