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The Park City Planning Commission And City Council Talk Food Trucks At This Week's Meetings

Staff is asking the Planning Commission for the green light on their recommendations regarding food trucks at Wednesday’s meeting -before they present them to city council during their work session on Thursday. Melissa Allison has more:

Because the city can no longer regulate food trucks in Park City, Planning Director Bruce Erickson said staff has developed some creative alternatives.

“We are not regulating food trucks, per se,” Erickson said. “What we are going to do is manage food truck locations…just the same way we would manage restaurant locations and what we’re looking for is parking, setbacks, frontage protection zones, noise, garbage and restrooms.”

The food trucks would have to get permission from a property owner who would then, in turn, obtain a permit from the city.

“We’ve created an allowed use permit program we call an administrative permit,” Erickson said. “So, Planner Tyler and I would review the location. If its consistent with the way our code works we’d go ahead and say, ‘Yep, you can go out and ask food trucks to come to this location.’ So, it will be a little bit complicated in the HPC district because there’s not a lot of available private property. You could see them down in the general commercial district which would be where Silver King Coffee is in the Bone Yard District. It’s possible you would see them at Fresh Market.”

They’re also looking at allowing food trucks at events on public property under certain conditions.

“The economic development department and our department would allow food trucks to show up consistent with our regulations at, say Quinn’s, when we have baseball games or soccer matches or at the ice rink where we have those things,” Erickson said. “We’re going to look carefully at the MARC. I mean if the MARC wants to do a food truck once in a while, we’re gonna, its probably going to be okay but its in the neighborhood. So, what we do want to do is provide opportunities for food. What we don’t want to do is having people drive in from somewhere else to go get that food.”

In the case of special events, Erickson said decisions about food trucks will be left up to that department as is the case with events like the Park Silly Sunday Market.

The planning commission meeting begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and city council’s work session is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Thursday.

I’m Melissa Allison, KPCW News.