Council members in Fort Collins will vote on a new set of regulations that will require food trucks to become more mobile than they have been.
FORT COLLINS, CO – Food trucks and other mobile vendors would not be allowed to set up semi-permanent sites in downtown Fort Collins under the latest version of regulations proposed by city staff.
The City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to consider changes that would establish definitions describing the difference between vending operations that are mobile and stationary, such as a food truck or cart that consistently works at the same location.
The city code ordinances would prohibit outdoor vendors from operating more than three days a week at the same place on private property, and prohibit stationary vending downtown.
The regulatory changes have been in the works since last year. Some downtown businesses raised issues about food trucks and trailers setting up on the same sites for months at a time.
City staff members were directed to find ways to ensure mobile vendors were indeed mobile, said Pete Wray, a senior city planner.
After extensive public outreach, including surveys and meetings with food truck operators, city staff came up with a multilayered proposal. The ordinance would require the property owners of sites used by stationary vendors to go through a land-use approval process for the vending to take place more than three days a week.