This weekend marks the last one before the great “food truck debate” comes to a head at the Public Participation Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 28, 2014, at 7:15 p.m., City Hall (2nd Floor), 300 Dufferin Avenue.
Personally, I’m looking forward to this meeting, and I hope everyone will get a chance to express their support or lack of support for food trucks in the city.
As I mentioned in my previous post, overall startup fees for food trucks are manageable, and the proposed $1,225 for category 7 vehicles is reasonable.
I think there’s going to be a good show of support on Monday and I look forward to meeting you all there.
Before I sign off, I just wanted to quote from the recommendation because I think the message regarding food trucks has really begun to resonate with council members and city staff:
“The rationale of the recommended amendment…is to enhance the economic vitality and vibrant street life in London while ensuring compliance with regulations regarding food health and safety. The municipal purpose of the bylaw aligns with two of councils strategic priorities: “A strong economy that encourages jobs, talent, ideas and innovation” and “a vibrant and diverse community that is liveable, exciting, cultural and friendly.”
Many municipalities which have embraced the food truck phenomenon have implemented regulations which encourage the introduction of refreshment vehicles on city property in an effort to recognize the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation associated with this format of delivering food services to customers. Furthermore, a vibrant food truck “scene” in other cities has provided an increase in culinary tourism and the diversity of food options throughout the city. These economic and cultural priorities are coupled with the goals of food health and safety which are standard with any format of food service delivery.”
Looking forward to Monday’s meeting!
Have a great weekend,