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PTC gets hip to food trucks

Peachtree City staff will begin researching rules that will allow for the creation of a food truck parking lot.

The city council gave unanimous approval to a staff request to begin drafting such rules to allow food trucks, which are currently banned by the city’s outdoor display ordinance.

Jimmy Daniel, owner of the Grazing Here food truck seen at the Peachtree City Farmer’s Market, said the idea is to create a place for local residents to enjoy food trucks on an occasional basis, but not seven days a week.

City Planner David Rast said the concept would capitalize on a request from citizens in the One Peachtree City planning process for “something a little different than other communities.”

Daniel said his company raises its own beef that is grass fed with no hormones or pesticides on its grass. The whole idea is to offer different food than found in traditional restaurants, Daniel said.

“The movement of food trucks gives you authentic food you can not find in a two or three thousand square foot restaurant,” Daniel said.

Daniel suggested that a food truck ordinance established by the city should seek to go “above and beyond” to insure compliance and make sure the “right food trucks” visit the city.

Daniel said he has been working with the city to identify potential food truck event sites that would have enough parking, golf cart access and also trash service. There is a potential to attract different food trucks from the Atlanta area on a weekly basis, he added.

Councilman Eric Imker said he could envision a number of food trucks descending on the city for the annual July 4 celebration.

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