lexington-kyLEXINGTON, NC – The Lexington City Council unanimously voted to adopt an amendment to the city’s land use ordinance to permit and regulate food trucks within the city limits during its regular meeting on Monday.

Josh Monk, a city planner for the Lexington Office of Business and Community Development, gave a presentation on the amendment to the city ordinance prior to the mandatory public hearing. He said a food truck is a vehicle that is regulated through the county health department where food is cooked and prepared on site and that food trucks would fill in the gaps when established restaurants have already closed.

“There is a large night crowd (uptown) on the weekends, especially during the summer, that stay out late,” Monk said. “After these events they are looking for somewhere to eat and a food truck would fill that need.”

As part of the ordinance, food trucks would have to be regulated through the county health department, they would not be allowed within 100 feet of an established restaurant, they would not be able to operate in a residential area past 10 p.m. and they would be responsible for disposing of their own trash. Any disposal of gray water or cooking grease would be subjected to existing laws pertaining to dumping of restricted materials.

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