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Council decision allows possible food truck court

Court limited up to three trucks

File photo from Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Food Truck Festival in spring of 2017. (Town of Chino Valley/Courtesy, file)

File photo from Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Food Truck Festival in spring of 2017. (Town of Chino Valley/Courtesy, file)

The Chino Valley Town Council unanimously approved a conditional use permit allowing for a food truck court at 246 N. Highway 89 at its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14.

It was originally proposed as a project through a study session the council had a few months ago though this one is a bit different in nature and at a different site, said Town Planner Alex Lerma. One advantage a food truck court has is it provides a central hub of activity, Lerma said.

“Some might say that clustering these food trucks together might generate somewhat of a competitive nature, but we define them as a hub activity that are associated with people that come to a centralized place to buy different options of food,” he said. “They are considered small businesses.”

While the idea has come before council before, the decision comes after a new state law, referred to as the Food Truck Bill, went into effect Friday, Aug. 3. The law created one state license for food trucks, making it so they can have the same hours as a restaurant and cities can’t require owners to have separate insurance or block them from parking in public parking spaces.

Originally, council was going to put a one year limit on the conditional use permit, though property owner Bruce Eldredge asked to make the limit two years because of the expenses that have gone into the project. It’s also going to take a while to get more food trucks in the court, Eldredge said.

Councilman Corey Mendoza said he would have liked to see examples from other cities that do have food truck courts, but also said he liked the two-year stipulation.

“If it looks like it’s going to pan out, then I probably think we should look at creating an actual food court zoning,” Mendoza said. “This’ll be a good trial for the town.”

The conditional use permit also included the conditions of the food trucks being located in the designated food truck court area, the food trucks will be limited up to three subject to site plan approval by Development Services, trash and recycling is to be provided and maintained and paved access is to be provided between parking and the food trucks.

The two years begins when Development Services approves the site plan. Once Eldredge starts locating food trucks for the site, he will have to submit an additional site plan to be approved, Lerma said.