Aurora is searching for enter from cell meals distributors on proposed new rules for meals vans within the metropolis.
Mayor Richard Irvin has scheduled a gathering for February 15 with all cell meals distributors doing enterprise within the metropolis to debate the proposed new rules 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 vans 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 may 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 town already has the framework for the ordinance, however hasn’t set something but till extra info is acquired. The Metropolis Council Committee on Guidelines, Administration and Procedures has mentioned the ordinance, and did so once more this week.
The ordinance seeks to offer meals vans 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 rules search to ascertain issues resembling the place the vans will be put in and for a way lengthy.
For instance, it has at all times been mentioned that vans can’t be inside 100 ft of an present restaurant in Aurora, but it surely was not clear how that 100 ft could be measured. The brand new ordinance would say that the 100 ft is measured from property line to property line.
Voigt mentioned metropolis officers additionally intend to permit meals vans to function in spots particularly put aside for them, however not enable a truck to sit down completely in the identical spot day after day.
“There isn’t any place the place a meals truck is working day by day,” Voigt mentioned.
The vans could be allowed at particular metropolis occasions and occasions hosted by non-public organizations. The proposed new rules 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 related 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 vary earlier than any ultimate vote.
A name for brand new rules got here after Metropolis Council members acquired complaints from conventional eateries that meals vans that do not have the identical prices as eating places could be completely arrange close to them.