SPOKANE, WA - Proposed regulations on mobile food trucks operating in Spokane were temporarily withdrawn from City Council consideration Monday night following organized opposition from owners concerned about fees and restrictions.
“We are all very glad to see that the city of Spokane is being proactive,” said Joile Forral, president of the newly formed Greater Spokane Food Truck Association. “However, we do not feel that the ordinances … are ready to be passed.”
The council agreed 5-2 to a one-month delay sought by Council President Ben Stuckart and Councilman Mike Allen. Both want to meet with all sides over the next month to try ironing out the concerns.
Among them are provisions enabling property owners to prohibit the food trucks and carts from operating in adjacent public rights of way such as city parking stalls or sidewalks, and a fee structure that charges an additional amount for each location mobile truck operators want to operate in. The regulations also would enable fixed-location restaurants to prohibit food trucks from setting up within 75 feet of their front door, though some council members indicated they’re unlikely to budge on that one.
Meanwhile, food trucks will continue to operate in a legal gray area.
State law requires that they comply with the same health and safety laws as restaurants, but none of the city’s business licenses adequately address the way the increasingly popular industry does business, leaving food truck operators potentially vulnerable if local authorities decided to crack down on them.
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SPOKANE, WA - A new ordinance proposed at Monday night’s Spokane City Council meeting would regulate cooking on street corners. It’s a plan to give food trucks some guidance but not everyone serving out of a window is happy.
There are food trucks and carts popping up all over Spokane; a dozen of them cooked at the food truck rally about two weeks ago. Now city leaders are proposing changes that’ll help and hurt truck owners.
The issue was first brought to light more than a year ago and, since then, the city conducted a study with leaders, planners, and truck owners. The result was a new city ordinance proposed Monday night.
One major change is the ten minute rule. Technically trucks can only stay in one place for ten minutes, thought it’s not often enforced. The ordinance would allow for as long as the meter’s limit.
“We wanted to make sure our rules accommodated that industry,” Andrew Worlock with the city planning department said.
Truck owners would also have to get permission from the business they’re parked in front of, even if it’s a city spot.
“Today, if a mobile food vendor parks in front of a business and the business doesn’t like having the food vendor there, they can ask them to move,” Worlock said.
The ordinance would change that, a positive for truck owners so that situation won’t arise. However it would also add a $40 application fee for oversight and $10 for each location they want to set up.
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Coming in at number twenty in our Top US Cities to Open a Food Truck is Seattle, WA.
Seattle may be called the Emerald City, but in our opinion, it’s an absolute gold mine for a culinary entrepreneur looking to get into the mobile food industry.
Seattle is one of the country’s fastest growing cities and had the 14th largest population jump between 2011 and 2012. In that one year time frame, Seattle added 12,638 people, bringing the city’s total population to 634,535. With an increasing population, they have an even faster growing economy with a job rate increase of 2.6% during the same time with median salaries of Seattle residents reaching nearly $70,000 per year.
These facts coupled with a huge number of food truck friendly public events and that it’s a city that has embraced the industry to the point that they have even started using food trucks to help clean up street crime.
Their business community has jumped in to help food truck prosperity by innovative property managers developing sites of new business complexes complete with food truck parking to give their employees mobile dining options.
While the weather may be a little more wet than other cities in our list, the population isn’t discouraged to head outside by a few rain drops. This pedestrian friendly city has approved food truck pods (similar to Portland, OR) so finding one of the nearly 50 existing food trucks isn’t a difficult task.
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