The city of Greenville is moving forward with plans to attract food trucks while potentially distancing them from downtown.
A "Food Truck Task Force" created last fall presented their recommendations for increasing food truck business in the city and suggested requirements for their operation during a city council work session Monday night.
Currently, food trucks must be on private property within city limits but the proposed recommendations suggest an additional placement of at least 250 feet away from existing restaurants
"Our primary goal was to develop a plan whereby existing restaurants can continue to be successful, not feel threatened by food trucks and introduce the growing food truck industry to Greenville in a profound and meaningful way," said David Sudduth, Greenville City Council Mayor Pro Tem. "I think these recommendations strike a healthy balance."
Sudduth said the distance requirement would likely keep most food trucks away from the Central Business District, which is a significant portion of downtown between Academy and Church streets, Elford Street, Fluor Field and Falls Park.
"There's more opportunity for sufficient private space there and I expect them to be very successful," Sudduth said. "Greenville is fertile ground for high-quality food trucks."
Other proposed requirements for food trucks discussed at Monday's session were a $500 annual permit fee and food trucks would have to pay hospitality tax, obtain liability insurance, be inspected by the Department of Health and Environmental Control and obtain a city business license. Additionally, each private site hosting food trucks would be required to have a $50 temporary use permit and written permission from the owner.
While nothing has been voted on yet, Sudduth said the next step for the city is to discuss the recommendations with local restaurant owners and then the drafting of an ordinance that would require two readings by the city council before anything would be voted on or approved.
Sudduth said he expects the council to have a first reading in about a month.
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