MCKINNEY, TX – It’s official: Food trucks should start popping up around McKinney.

The McKinney City Council on Tuesday approved an amended zoning ordinance that makes the city more amenable to mobile food vendors. Food truck courts are still not allowed, but the ordinance gives the green light to businesses that wish to host a food truck on site.

“We wanted to take baby steps forward because it’s easier to loosen the reins if no problems arise than it is to tighten the reins after property owners have been given certain rights,” said Michael Quint, city planning director, in an email.

City staff amended the section of the ordinance pertaining to temporary uses, changing regulations for food trucks and temporary food sales. Per the ordinance, a food truck is a mobile vendor that sells food and non-alcoholic beverages on private property for more than two 30-minute period or one hour a day.

Staff initially proposed changes to the ordinance in mid-December in response to heightened interest from local businesses. Mayor Brian Loughmiller said much of it centers on special events where food trucks have proved successful.

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