LANGLEY, WA – Langley may join the hip foodie ranks of Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and New York if the city council approves a newly proposed food truck ordinance.
City council members will have their first discussion of the ordinance at Tuesday’s 5:30 p.m. meeting. As the proposal is currently worded, a $100 license would cover the calendar year and allows food trucks to operate between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days a week. There are no existing restrictions, however, that regulate the operation of such trucks inside city limits.
Director of Community Planning Michael Davolio, who was hired earlier this month, said the upcoming council meeting will likely include talk of setting a seasonal restriction on food trucks. Perhaps between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the city sees a major increase in business activity.
“I’m aware that there’s a potential for food trucks to have an impact on existing businesses,” said Davolio, who previously worked on a temporary food truck ordinance in Rhode Island and found it to be successful. “I want to make sure that there’s a level playing field.”
A prospective food truck license holder was thrilled at the news. In November, the owner of the Lunch Box food truck spoke with Mayor Fred McCarthy about potentially setting up in the city. At the time, Langley was without a planning director but some work had been done on an ordinance to permit food trucks on city streets. Janae Cameron, who owns the Lunch Box but is probably better known as half of the Clinton-based Turnco Wood Goods, was thrilled to learn the city was considering letting mobile food businesses set up shop.
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