Earlier this week, the City of Sacramento's Law and Legislation Committee approved changes to city ordinances that would expand the activities of food trucks within the Sacramento's city limits.
(Some of the provisions require additional approval by the city's Planning and Design Commission before heading to the full city council, per video of the hearing.)
Whereas food trucks had previously been limited to just 30 minutes at a particular stop, according to a report prepared by city staff, food trucks can now sell for as long as it is legal to park in a location. They are also required to manage customers to keep sidewalks clear for pedestrian traffic and the area free from trash.
However, there are several restrictions on where food trucks can park, such as being:
- 50 feet from and intersection
- 400 feet from another vendor
- 400 feet from a school that is in session
- 50 feet from outside restaurant seating areas
- 1,000 feet from establishments with Entertainment Permits from 1 to 3 a.m.
Tucked into the change is a little-publicized provision that "Removes the prohibition on food vending vehicles in Old Sacramento." If approved by the city council, that means that we could soon see Mini Burger Truck, Krush Burger or some of your other favorites hitting the cobblestone streets of Old Sac.
The city also put together regulations that would allow "pods" of two or fewer food trucks to operate on private property. Three or more food trucks would be regulated under the current rules governing "Outdoor Markets." Those rules also oversee events such as farmer's markets, etc.
While the ordinance has been sent on its way to the city council, it could still be amended prior to passage.
H/T to the Sac Bee, where I first saw the news reported.
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