TEMPE, AZ – The Tempe City Council expressed concern over updating food truck regulations allowing vendors to operate on public streets and public property throughout the city during its meeting on June 30.
Council members discussed the public safety concerns associated with allowing food trucks to operate in downtown Tempe, as well as the impact food trucks could have on local businesses in the area.
“The city wants to establish a new process that would make it easier for food truck vendors to operate on public streets and public property, including city parks, Tempe Public Library and around Tempe City Hall, while maintaining public safety,” according to a statement released by Tempe media spokesperson Amanda Nelson.
Community Services Director Shelley Hearn presented a revised ordinance to the council before hearing the committees’ concerns.
Based on feedback from the Phoenix Street Food Coalition, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, the Arizona Restaurant Association and the downtown Tempe community, the revised ordinance included adjusted business hours and a good neighbor policy for food truck operators throughout Tempe, Hearn said.
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