WILLIAMSBURG, VA – Visitors and residents of the City of Williamsburg, including students attending the College of William and Mary, might see changes in local dining options due to possible citywide policy changes.
The Williamsburg City Council recently began discussion about changing the city’s food truck policy. Currently, the city’s official policy prohibits food trucks on private property. However, the policy does allow food trucks to park on public property but only during special events and only while holding a permit from the City of Williamsburg, according to Williamsburg Planning Director Reed Nester.
While trucks are not common in the city, the College introduced two food trucks to campus, Wholly Habaneros and BBQ 1693, as a part of the College’s 2014 food service contract. College Director of auxiliary services Cynthia Glavas said both trucks have shown great success with the College’s students and at various athletic events on campus.
Williamsburg Mayor Clyde Haulman said a change in food truck policy will not happen immediately. According to Haulman, the city council will need to take into account a variety of questions and concerns, including fairness to both food truck owners and brick-and-mortar restaurant owners, in what locations would a new policy be fair. In making their decision, the council will also have to examine what tactics have and have not succeeded in other communities with food trucks. Haulman mentioned several conventional restaurants have experimented with food trucks already, which will be taken into consideration as the discussion goes forward.
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