Aurora seeks enter on proposed meals truck guidelines – Chicago Tribune

Aurora is in search of enter from cellular meals distributors on proposed new laws for meals vehicles within the metropolis.

Mayor Richard Irvin has scheduled a gathering for February 15 with all cellular meals distributors doing enterprise within the metropolis to debate the proposed new laws and listen to what distributors consider them.

Alex Voigt, deputy chief of workers for the mayor’s workplace, mentioned metropolis officers are nonetheless within the technique of growing the brand new guidelines, that are supposed to be a compromise between meals vehicles and conventional eating places.

To that finish, the Metropolis Council prolonged a moratorium on meals truck licenses Tuesday night time till March 28 so it might end the ordinance first. Voigt mentioned officers hope to have it prepared earlier than then so the moratorium, which was first enacted on November 22, might be lifted sooner.

Voigt mentioned the town already has the framework for the ordinance, however hasn’t set something but till extra info is obtained. The Metropolis Council Committee on Guidelines, Administration and Procedures has mentioned the ordinance, and did so once more this week.

The ordinance seeks to provide meals vehicles freedom to function within the metropolis, however not have an effect on eating places which have made the funding in a everlasting location.

The brand new laws search to ascertain issues comparable to the place the vehicles will be put in and for the way lengthy.

For instance, it has at all times been mentioned that vehicles can’t be inside 100 toes of an current restaurant in Aurora, nevertheless it was not clear how that 100 toes could be measured. The brand new ordinance would say that the 100 toes is measured from property line to property line.

Voigt mentioned metropolis officers additionally intend to permit meals vehicles to function in spots particularly put aside for them, however not permit a truck to take a seat completely in the identical spot day after day.

“There is no such thing as a place the place a meals truck is working every single day,” Voigt mentioned.

The vehicles could be allowed at particular metropolis occasions and occasions hosted by non-public organizations. The proposed new laws would outline a particular occasion as “a single gathering occasion or a sequence of associated consecutive day by day gatherings or occasions of an leisure, cultural, leisure or sporting nature, or different comparable nature, held by a person or entity, for the aim of revenue or not-for-profit.”

All proposals are simply that at this level, Voigt mentioned, topic to alter earlier than any remaining vote.

A name for brand new laws got here after Metropolis Council members obtained complaints from conventional eateries that meals vehicles that do not have the identical prices as eating places could be completely arrange close to them.

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