ATHENS, GA – Athens-Clarke County commissioners are set Tuesday to discuss a food truck permitting program that has attracted little interest from potential vendors since it was implemented a little over a year ago.

In November 2015, after months of consideration in the commission’s Government Operations Committee, commissioners unanimously approved a permitting program to allow food trucks to operate on College and Hancock avenues at the City Hall campus in downtown Athens from 7 a.m. Thursdays until 2:30 a.m. Fridays.

Originally, the ordinance would have allowed food trucks to operate on the Washington Street side of the City Hall campus, in close proximity to a number of downtown restaurants. The locations approved for downtown food truck operations were changed in the wake of complaints from many downtown restaurateurs.

The program, contained in amendments to local ordinances, also allows food trucks to operate at the Athens Transit park-and-ride lot at Lexington Road and the Athens Perimeter during hours when buses are operating, and allows food trucks to operate in county parks — subject to designation of the allowed parks by the county manager’s office — during park operating hours.

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