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LEXINGTON, KY - Lexington city leaders are looking into expanding where food trucks can conduct business.  A city council committee reviewed a proposal Tuesday to allow food trucks in professional office zones around the community.

Division of Planning Director Chris King says proximity to neighborhoods should be considered.  “The only thing that does give me pause is that a lot of times P-1 are very close to residential and were set up and agreed to by neighborhoods as a step down buffer and if a food truck came in running a generator, generating smells, they might not be happy,” said King.

The Planning Committee took no action on the matter.  Committee member Steve Kay suggests tighter restrictions if the office center is situated near residential areas.  “Make an accessory use, except where the adjacency between the applicant and a residential area is x and we can figure out what that is  and that is a conditional use, so they would have to let the neighbors know, if they’re residential,” said Kay.

Food trucks are allowed to do business in selected downtown areas during specific times.  ?The committee will revisit the issue.

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Lexington, Waco, Louisville and Boca Raton.

March 28

Lexington Food Trucks Raise Money for Hit-and-Run Victim - LEXINGTON, KY - An owner of a Lexington food truck is getting help from some fellow vendors to help pay her medical expenses from a hit-and-run accident.

Police said Barbara Screeney had just gotten off the bus to walk to her home on Frankfort Pike late last year, when a driver passed the bus and hit her from behind without stopping.

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Food truck craze expands in downtown Waco – WACO, TX - More tasty bites are being served in downtown Waco as new food trucks capitalize on the increased development and activity in the area.

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March 29

Entrepreneurs learn how to start a food truck - LOUISVILLE, KY - Dozens of people are crammed into a classroom. Many of them are there for the same reason.

“I’ve always thought a restaurant was kind of a pipe dream because of the expense involved, so when food trucks started coming out on the scene, I thought I think this is something I can do,” food truck owner Laura Buchanan said.

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March 30

Food Trucks to Rally for LLS – BOCA RATON, FL - If you haven’t yet hopped on the food truck bandwagon, here’s a chance to do it for a good cause. (Not that filling your belly isn’t.)

It’s the first food truck rally to be held in West Palm Beach, and it will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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lexington-kyLEXINGTON, KY - Food trucks will be back in downtown this summer after Lexington’s Urban County Council voted unanimously Thursday to extend the city’s food truck pilot program to Dec. 31.

Council in June approved a six-month pilot program allowing food trucks in six downtown zones after several months of debate. At the time of the June vote, the council agreed to review the program at the end of the six-month trial period. The council voted in December to extend the program temporarily until March so it could see whether there were any complaints and review the program in February.

At a council meeting in February, no brick-and-mortar restaurants testified against the program. Only four food trucks participated in the program last year because the pilot program was started in the middle of many food truck vendors’ season.

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lexington-kyLEXINGTON, KY - A committee of the Urban County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend a pilot program to allow food trucks in limited downtown areas until the end of the year.

That was good news to Andrew Suthers.

Suthers is one of the owners of Gastro Gnomes, a food truck that opened Monday night. The purchase and outfitting of the truck cost more than $100,000. Permits and fees cost more than $1,000, he said.

“I will definitely take advantage of the program,” Suthers said after Tuesday’s 9-0 vote.

The full council has to vote on the extension. That is expected to happen in coming weeks.

After several months of debate, the Urban County Council in June approved a six-month pilot program allowing food trucks in six downtown zones. At the time, the council agreed to review the program at the end of the six-month trial period. The council voted in December to extend the program until March, allowing it to review the program in February and see whether there were any complaints.

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Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/02/18/3095734/council-votes-to-extend-food-truck.html#storylink=cpy

 

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lexington-kyLEXINGTON, NC - The Lexington City Council unanimously voted to adopt an amendment to the city’s land use ordinance to permit and regulate food trucks within the city limits during its regular meeting on Monday.

Josh Monk, a city planner for the Lexington Office of Business and Community Development, gave a presentation on the amendment to the city ordinance prior to the mandatory public hearing. He said a food truck is a vehicle that is regulated through the county health department where food is cooked and prepared on site and that food trucks would fill in the gaps when established restaurants have already closed.

“There is a large night crowd (uptown) on the weekends, especially during the summer, that stay out late,” Monk said. “After these events they are looking for somewhere to eat and a food truck would fill that need.”

As part of the ordinance, food trucks would have to be regulated through the county health department, they would not be allowed within 100 feet of an established restaurant, they would not be able to operate in a residential area past 10 p.m. and they would be responsible for disposing of their own trash. Any disposal of gray water or cooking grease would be subjected to existing laws pertaining to dumping of restricted materials.

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univeristy of kentuckyLEXINGTON, KY - Amid many renovations around UK, students will also notice multiple additions and changes to Dining Services.

“It’s an uphill battle fighting to get students to notice what’s there,” said Scott Henry, executive director of Dining Services, referring to new food options on campus. “We’re trying some (new things).”

Newest additions Dickey Hall, near the Newtown Crossing Apartment complex, has recently opened a new restaurant that serves sandwiches, soups and salads.

Henry said a contest is underway to name the new cafe. The new dining location will cater to an underserved part of campus, he said.

The next closest on-campus restaurant was the Student Center.

Another new food option students will have on campus is Twisted, a university-owned food truck.

The truck will drive around campus and rotate four menus including Asian tacos, sliders, a Greek menu and an Asian noodle bar.

The location and menu of the food truck will be available on Twisted’s Twitter account, @ukyTWISTED.

Both Twisted and the cafe in Dickey Hall will accept Flex Dollars, Plus Account and cash, Henry said.

Dining updates On both North and South campus, students can now use meal swipes for breakfast at Blazer and Commons.

Henry said both dining locations will have Minute Maid smoothies, a burger of the day, international menus, and rotating options at the salad and deli bar.

Furthermore, the Quick Stop at Blazer will now feature a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine where people can customize their drinks.

Central campus Students will also have new options at the Student Center, Intermezzo and Fusion, all of which will now accept meal swipes.

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Off the Wire Food Truck NewsIn our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry has compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this weekend from Wilmington, Fargo, Kansas City, Lexington and Providence.

August 16

Food trucks head to city council – WILMINGTON, NC - Six months after Patty Wagon food truck owner James Smith filed for some standards his business could follow to finally operate feasibly in Wilmington’s limits, the city council has a proposal to decide.

On the agenda for the board’s regular meeting Tuesday is a public hearing and vote on a local ordinance that would set a menu of regulations for food trucks, which currently aren’t even defined in the city’s code book.

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Mobile food trucks are popping up in the area – FARGO, ND - Mobile food trucks are giving our area a big city feel. Almost a dozen have popped up in the last year.

It’s something you typically see in a big city or on the food network.

Octavio Gomez- Taco Brothers: “I think people are interested in trying out something new and when they have an opportunity to do so you just have to lock in their taste buds.”

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August 17

 More getting on board the food truck business – KANSAS CITY, KS - For Adrian Santiago, a food truck could be a means to eventually owning a restaurant.

Santiago owns El Pollo Dorado, which often can be found at the corner of 21st and Wellington Place. It specializes in chicken, ribs and tacos.

“The reason I started the food truck was because I didn’t see much competition, especially with the chicken,” Santiago said through a translator. “I wanted to do some market research to see how it works before actually investing in a restaurant.”

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Food trucks now allowed at Lexington industrial and warehouse businesses – LEXINGTON, KY - People who work in industrial zones in Lexington may soon have a new lunch option.

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council approved a zone change Thursday that allows food trucks to operate on properties zoned for wholesale and warehouse business, light and heavy industrial and economic development uses.

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August 18

Peddling pudding pops is a matter of endurance for Providence vendor – PROVIDENCE, RI - A dog on a leash startles as a strange-looking machine rounds the corner of Brook Street.

As the machine turns onto Transit Street on this quiet, sun-dappled Saturday morning, the dog backs away in confusion.

“Dogs don’t know what to make of me,” says Val, the Pudding Pop Gal, as she pedals her ungainly three-wheeled bicycle cart, threading her way through the streets to avoid the steepest hills.

A large metal box covered with stickers is attached to the front, like the prow of a ship, pulling her forward with the weight of a few hundred pounds of pudding pops and dry ice. On the front of the box is a wooden flower box. On the back is strapped a green milk crate, filled with supplies. A folded teal and white umbrella thrusts up from the double set of handlebars, like a ship’s mast.

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lexington-kyLEXINGTON, KY - Food truck owners in the audience burst into applause on Thursday night after Lexington’s Urban County Council unanimously approved a six-month pilot project allowing food trucks to set up in public street parking spaces.

“I’m ecstatic,” said food truck owner John Walsh, who operates That’s How We Roll. “It’s been a long two years in coming. But it’s time.”

Council member Shevawn Akers, who headed the food truck work group that developed the pilot program over the past six months, said after the meeting that “Lexington just got a lot more awesome.”

The city has discussed food trucks for more than two years.

Akers said she was stunned and thrilled at the passage. “I thought it would get passage, but I thought the vote would be narrow. It was unanimous — that’s what was stunning,” she said.

The only remaining step is that food truck owners have to fill out a one-page application to participate in the pilot project and pay a $25 fee, Akers said. The application form will be available Monday.

Council member Ed Lane urged his colleagues to vote for the ordinance that established the pilot project. “This is a pilot program. It’s only for six months. We’re going to have to tweak it, but we need to get started,” he said.

Last week, the Lexington Parking Authority, which monitors the city’s parking meters, voted to limit the time food trucks could set up on public streets to two-hour stints between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Trucks are restricted to selling in six downtown zones.

After 5 p.m., the trucks could stay in those parking spots longer than two hours; from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., they could park anywhere downtown. The parking authority does not monitor parking meters after 5 p.m.

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lexington-kyLEXINGTON, KY - Lexington’s Urban County Council spent two hours on Tuesday discussing details about a proposed six-month pilot program to create five food truck zones downtown.

The discussion covered everything from where and when the trucks can set up on the street to who would enforce the rules, and how. Council members at Tuesday’s work session eventually voted to send the pilot project to Thursday night’s council meeting for a first reading.

Under the proposal, food trucks would be allowed to set up in five zones that have metered parking spaces. Trucks could park there for two hours between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. As long as they are in line with other zoning regulations, the food trucks could operate downtown — or anywhere in Fayette County — between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.

The trucks cannot be within 100 feet of the entrance to a business establishment during its regular hours of operation, or within 100 feet of a residential area.

Moments after the start of Tuesday’s meeting, some council members asked for some of the zones to be changed or eliminated. Councilman Steve Kay asked that South Limestone between Main and Vine be removed from the list because of limited on-street parking, and because it put the trucks too close to businesses, including several restaurants.

Kay said Bill Owen, president of the Lexington Center Corporation, had requested that food trucks be banned from an area around Rupp Arena because they would compete with food vendors inside the Lexington Center.

Chris Ford pointed out that all metered spaces on Elm Tree Lane between Corral and East 4th Street, near the Lyric Theatre, were within 100 feet of residential areas. He wanted that zone removed.

Harry Clark reminded fellow council members that the project was only a six-month pilot. “We have to have enough spaces to prove food trucks have viability,” he said. If zones are removed, “There would not be enough left to make any sense.”

Julian Beard said he did not see how food trucks on South Limestone would hurt downtown restaurant business. Besides, Beard added, competition is part of the American way of doing business.

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blue grass food truck associationLEXINGTON, KY - Factory and office workers in Lexington could see new lunch time items available in coming months.  But, it might mean a trip outside.

While the debate in Lexington rages over food trucks, those vendors might find less resistance at workplaces.  Worried about competition, the owners of many brick-and-mortar restaurants want to limit a food truck’s access to public spaces…keeping them from doing business on public streets.  However, with a small change to the Lexington’s zoning restrictions, Planning Director Chris King says businesses without indoor dining facilities for their employees could open their gates to food trucks.

“Well, we have locations where there are permitted uses that can’t meet that requirement but a food truck could serve that same need and this change would allow that to happen with the normal restrictions of the site permitting that you put in place earlier this year and also the board of health regulations would still apply,” said King.

Council members are expected to vote on the required resolution tonight.  It could then go on to the planning commission for consideration.  Councilmember Shevawn Akers, who chairs the Food Truck Work Group, wants the amendment.  As for access to public spaces, Akers says a compromise over food trucks could come in May when the work group meets again.

“That would be to allow food trucks on public land but in certain areas under certain times and that kind of thing.  So, I don’t want to speak exactly where they are and what the times are in advance of the meeting because I’m sure it will be negotiated, discussed, and revised following that,” said Akers.

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