Aurora seeks enter on proposed meals truck guidelines – Chicago Tribune

Aurora is searching for enter from cellular meals distributors on proposed new laws for meals vans 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 employees for the mayor’s workplace, mentioned metropolis officers are nonetheless within the means 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 evening 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, could possibly be lifted sooner.

Voigt mentioned 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 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 laws search to determine issues equivalent to the place the vans could be put in and for the way lengthy.

For instance, it has all the time been mentioned that vans can’t be inside 100 ft of an current restaurant in Aurora, however it was not clear how that 100 ft can 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 take a seat completely in the identical spot day after day.

“There isn’t any place the place a meals truck is working on daily basis,” Voigt mentioned.

The vans can be allowed at particular metropolis occasions and occasions hosted by personal organizations. The proposed new laws would outline a particular occasion as “a single gathering occasion or a sequence of associated consecutive every 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 vary earlier than any remaining vote.

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

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