While it took more than year, the Blacksburg council made some nice changes to their food truck regulations. While we always look to see food truck rules eased, we dislike seeing restaurant buffer zone. In a little different twist, the Blacksburg buffer is 100 ft. from restaurants, but is only during the restaurants business hours. It is still a buffer, but it could be a change that more strict regulations can be modelled from in the future.
BLACKSBURG, VA — The road is open for mobile cuisine in Blacksburg.
With little fanfare, town council members voted unanimously Tuesday to approve new rules meant to make it easier for food trucks to operate in Blacksburg.
The decision wraps up more than a year of on-and-off discussion of how to better manage the itinerant kitchens that would venture into the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center and other parts of town.
Some council members had expressed concern that the town’s $500 annual fee for food trucks was keeping some vendors away, while others said that some trucks were ignoring the fee and other rules.
Two ordinances approved Tuesday reduce the annual fee for food trucks to $100 and amend the town zoning ordinance, setting up a new temporary use permit that the mobile vendors will get annually. The new rules also outline where rolling restaurants can do business.
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