PTC says 'go' for food trucks

Foodies looking to get their grub on the go, and perhaps expand their pallette at the same time, will get their wish. Rules allowing mobile food trucks were approved by the Peachtree City Council Thursday night.

Council decided against adopting a requirement suggested by the planning commission which would have limited mobile food trucks to being operated by existing city restaurants only.

The city has already had a limited number of local mobile food trucks in operation, some of which are used for special events and others that have been operated at the Peachtree City Farmer’s Market.

All mobile food trucks have to follow Georgia food safety and health protection regulations.

The rules adopted by the city require all food trucks to obtain an annual vendor permit from the city, and they would be limited to selling from certain city-approved sites and also at city-sponsored events.

Each food truck will be required to provide proof of a $1 million liability insurance policy that protects the vendor the public and the city from damage, property and injury claims.

Mobile food trucks would be limited to properties that are zoned general commercial, office institutional, light industrial and general industrial. That means that food trucks would not be allowed to operate on city streets, recreational areas and residential neighborhoods, according to city staff.

Also, each vendor site would be allowed to be open no more than two days each week for a maximum of six hours each day.

Property owners must also file an application to provide a mobile food truck vendor site which includes restrictions on access, proximity to fire hydrants and the distance from the nearby road.

The ordinance also forbids mobile food trucks from using flashing or blinking lights and requires all signs to be permanently affixed to the food truck except for a portable menu board, which cannot be located between the truck and the adjacent road.

The food trucks will also be required to provide at least one trash container for public use and they must serve their food on single-serve items such as plastic utensils and paper plates. The trucks must also use only self-contained power and also use a reverse gear signal alarm for the protection of anyone nearby when it is going backwards.

With an eye on making sure the food trucks don’t hurt existing restaurants, the matter will be revisited with a report from city staff in nine months. No one opposed the ordinance but one local business owner suggested that businesses with existing food permits and business licenses be allowed to waive their fee for a food truck service permit.

Robert W. Morgan
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Good first step with the food trucks

I still think it would be more successful and less confusing if the city would simply designate a site or even supply one (like Drake Field). That way there is some visibility and continuity with the whole venture instead of trucks just popping up somewhere for a few hours. And there is certainly an advantage to having multiple food trucks with a variety of offerings in one location at the same time. I can have a lamb shank or a turkey leg and the wife can patronize the salad truck. What a great country.

But it is a good start and things will evolve logically as the marketplace responds to this very good idea.

I guess a useful by-product of this is that those annoying ice cream or popsicle trucks with the funny music won't be cruising our recreational areas or residential streets - if I am reading this correctly.

AtHomeGym
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RWM & Lambs Shank

Dream on! You may as well ask for a Schweinshaxe!

Spyglass
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Social Media is huge in the food truck business

That is what drives how people know where they are most of the time.

You are right, they do like to congregate together, but I don't think the City needs to be involved in providing said space...other than maybe to make them available at limited events...4th of July comes to mind. Saying all that, I could see them working before a show at the Fred very well.

Oh no, I hope the ice cream trucks aren't banned....My neice and nephew look forward to visiting in the summer and hearing those trucks.

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Ice cream trucks

I am pretty sure they have been banned for quite a while in PTC under the existing ordinance. I guess it's just not often enforced.

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Congregating food trucks

My understanding is that if the special events permit is filled out to include them, the food trucks would be welcome at special events.

Robert W. Morgan
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That's wonderful and appropriate and exactly why the city

should designate some city-owned land locations that are acceptable and pre-approved so an application for a permit can be processed quickly instead of waiting for council to meet, discuss and discuss again.

Amphitheater parking lot for BMX events, Shakerag events and fund-raising walks and runs that end there.
Drake Field for Dragon Boat Races and walks and runs that end there and Memorial Day, July 4, etc.
Airport for the Air Show.

Soccer and baseball fields - Saturday lunch? Especially during those tournaments that attract hundreds from out of town - CVB should get involved somehow and at the very least be present a few times a year with their van and community info. That's how we attract new residents, businesses and repeat visitors/tourists. Maybe raffle off a golf cart or a weekend stay at the Wyndham or some restaurant gift cards or maybe a night of dinner and dancing with da mayor and pumpkin (kidding, kidding, for sure).