The Leesburg Town Council last night took the first step toward potentially sweeping changes to its food truck regulations.
By a 6-0-1 vote, with Councilman Ken Reid absent, the council voted to initiate changes to the Zoning Ordinance and Town Code to expand the use of food trucks to be permitted as a temporary use on private property throughout town. The action means the matter will still be subject to public hearings at both the Planning Commission and Town Council, before the council takes a final vote. This is not expected to happen for several months.
Currently, food trucks are not defined in either the Zoning Ordinance or Town Code and have been allowed only wtih temporary special event permits where they are defined as itinerant vendors. But the matter rose to the council’s attention in August when Town Manager Kaj Dentler noted that several town microbreweries had been inviting food trucks onto their property to serve busy weekend crowds. This was in violation of the Zoning Ordinance.
At first, the council was to consider this week allowing food trucks at town microbreweries only but, at the advice of Town Attorney Barbara Notar, now will instead consider allowing them on private property as a whole. This could open the possibility of food trucks being allowed as a temporary use in parking lots, commercial properties, and even homes. They would still be prohibited on public streets and rights of way; however, the council will also consider in coming months allowing food trucks on the public right of way in the I-1 (Industrial) and PEC (Planned Employment Center) districts. That initiating resolution was put forward in May.