RALEIGH, NC – The City of Raleigh is working on a plan that would allow food trucks to park on select public streets.

City Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin said certain streets would be designated for food trucks.

“They would need a permit for the space and there would be some type of fee associated with it,” she said.

But, most of the details are still being worked out.

The new plan was sparked by a request from a business owner at Tuesday night’s Law and Public Safety Committee meeting. The current city ordinances pertaining to food trucks were put in the books in 2011.

City council members agreed it was time to give them a fresh look.

“I think there was a lot of fear about how food trucks would impact Raleigh stand-alone restaurants and things like that. What we’ve seen is that fear has lessened and that it’s worked out really well,” said Baldwin.

Many members of the Raleigh community have been advocating for food trucks recently, including Generation Opportunity, a group that advocates on behalf of millennials.

Field Director Alex Johnson said allowing food trucks in more areas around the city will not only create more choices for consumers, but more jobs as well.

“It also provides a jobs aspect. You think of every food truck there’s at least four people per food truck that you’re creating a job for,” said Johnson.

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