Food Trucks Center of Debate in Asheville Again
ASHEVILLE, NC - The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday night agreed to recommend that City Council approve the operation of two food trucks in Biltmore Village.
Like their downtown counterparts, the proposed food trucks had a number of opponents.
“Food trucks are really incongruent with the historic guidelines. All we are trying to do right now is be guardians of Biltmore Village,” Stan Collins, a business owner in Biltmore Village, told the board Wednesday night.
The board was discussing a recommendation to allow the trucks, but with some restrictions similar to those in place on food trucks in downtown Asheville.
The planning commission only made a recommendation. City Council will have to approve any changes to the rules.
“If approved, it’s going to introduce a limit on mobile food vending available to Biltmore Village,” Alan Glines, city urban planner, said in an interview.
Under the proposal, no more than two food trucks would be allowed and they would be required to operate on permanent sites with sidewalks and trees, and use wired electric power rather than generators.
The issue of food trucks in Biltmore Village emerged as the city was doing its one-year review of the ordinance allowing the food trucks downtown.
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