Students and Chapel Hill residents could see more food trucks in the near future if both Town Council members and owners of food trucks can agree on regulations.
Currently, food trucks can only operate in Chapel Hill with special, hard-to-acquire permits, but Kendal Brown, the town’s current development principal planner, presented the draft of an ordinance that could make that easier.
Brown said at an informal meeting with vendors Monday that the permits would not require Town Council approval, but vendors said the plan restricts the number of food trucks on one lot and could still pose problems.
The new plan
The proposed ordinance would allow food trucks to operate in private parking areas with at least 10 parking spots and a non-residential building.
“That number is a little bit arbitrary and can be changed,” Brown said.
To comply, downtown food trucks would have to be located in a place where it would not interrupt pedestrian right of way or vehicles. Only one truck would be allowed per parking lot.
Vendors outside of downtown could also operate in neighborhood and community commercial districts. Multiple food trucks could be located in one parking lot but could not exceed one per acre or two per zoning lot.
Trucks could not provide customer seating.