The Chapel Hill Town Council isn't the only town rethinking food truck rules.
The council will get a report Wednesday night that recommends lowering fees to attract more trucks. More than the one that's taken out a permit, that is. Look for more on that in tomorrow's CHN.
The Hillsborough Town Board, is now considering allowing food trucks on private property within the Historic District on a regular basis rather than just for special events, according to a town news release.
The owners of Maggie’s Hot Tin Roof, a bar locating in the former Hillsborough Plumbing building on West Margaret Lane, requested that the town ordinance be changed to allow food trucks to operate in the Historic District provided they:
- Are located on private property.
- Do not use any additional signage beyond what is affixed to the truck.
- Provide waste disposal.
- Minimize noise via a quiet generator or an electrical plug-in to the adjacent building
- Pay all applicable fees and charges.
The bar’s owners explained that their location can easily fit a food truck and that their business model relies on provision of food from a variety of trucks in lieu of a kitchen.
The Town Board decided to research the issue, identify options and hold a public hearing on any proposed changes developed, according to the release The board also asked Alliance for Historic Hillsborough Executive Director Sarah DeGennaro, the town’s support staff to the Hillsborough Tourism Board, to coordinate obtaining feedback from downtown merchants. The issue likely will be a discussion item at the Tourism Board’s next meeting. Town planning staff also will begin drafting an ordinance amendment.
For more information, contact Hillsborough Planning Director Margaret Hauth by phone at 919-732-1270 Ext. 86 or by email. Or contact DeGennaro with the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough by phone at 919-732-7741 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.