MONTGOMERY, AL – Matthew Causey works five days a week out of a food truck on Congressman W L Dickinson Drive, but if he had his way it would be six.

Fat Man’s Smokehouse, a food truck specializing in barbecue where Causey serves as manager, is currently located at an address that doesn’t see much traffic on the weekends. And while his business has wheels, Causey is limited to his registered address.

That is, for now. If an ordinance currently being written by the department of planning and development gets approved, Causey will have more flexibility on where to serve barbecue to paying customers.

The issue is that for now food trucks, vehicles built for traveling, must stay in one place.

Lynda Wool, senior planner in Montgomery’s department of planning and development, said they can move, but must meet certain restrictions.

“They are allowed, but they have to have a notarized note from the owner of the parcel where they intend to place the food truck,” Wool said. “It has to be on the ground, it can’t be in the right of way or on the street. They have to pull it in the lot.”

Wool further adds that the parcel of land must be in a commercial zone.

But the ordinance her department is currently trying to draft would give the food trucks more options.

“We are trying to allow them to be an entity that can go on the street and park in different places,” she said.

The thought of being able to move locations would be “unreal” to Causey.

“If I could move, I would move most days,” he said. “Especially with so many events coming up.”

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