WARRENTON, VA – Warrenton’s planning commission this week recommended new rules that for the first time would allow food trucks to operate on a regular basis in town.
If the town council approves the changes, food trucks could operate 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in public parking lots at the WARF and Rady Park, as well as on industrially-zoned parcels with property owner approval.
The commission voted, 5-0, Tuesday night to support zoning and town code amendments, along with a policy to regulate food trucks.
Without those changes operations would remain limited to special events and private property with permits.
Town officials early this year began discussing food truck regulations, an issue in communities across the nation. Warrenton’s planning commission in May conducted a public hearing.
“Among the benefits are increased sales, customers, diversity, entrepreneurship opportunities and tax revenue as well as a positive reflection of community values,” reads the three-page town staff report (at bottom of story).
But, town officials also want to ensure that food trucks wouldn’t unfairly compete with restaurants that make far greater investments in their operations.
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