Louisville may soon allow food trucks — a staple of the city's office parks — to serve outside its recreation center, according to a housing-cleaning ordinance aimed at updating regulations for the mobile eateries.

Planning commissioners approved the ordinance on Thursday evening, while Louisville's City Council is likely to convene on the issue in the coming weeks. The ordinance, among the rec center stipulation, would allow food trucks to operate during city-sponsored events such as the Street Faire and Farmers Market, according to the proposal's staff report.

"At times," the report reads, "food trucks are currently operating within 150 feet of an existing restaurant as part of city-sponsored events, such as Street Faire, Farmers' Market, etc. out of compliance with the current ordinance. The draft ordinance proposes to exempt food trucks operating as part of city-sponsored special event from the location requirement."

It would also amend an earlier code that bars food trucks in the city to operate within 150 feet of brick-and-mortar restaurants. Under the revision, food truck owners would be able to operate within that given distance with permission from restaurant owners.


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In terms of allowing the trucks outside the rec center, which is in the midst of a nearly $30 million expansion, city staff said that they would likely provide "coffee and breakfast items," among items for other events. They added that the site's revamping would allow for space for the food trucks.

In 2014, the city adopted the initial regulations that defined food trucks, food carts and other mobile food businesses in its city code. It outlined where and how those businesses could operate on public and private property.

Under the ordinance, mobile food vendors were allowed on private property in Louisville's commercial districts, including office and retail areas, industrial areas and in the mixed-use residential districts. At the time, the proposal stipulated that food trucks were not allowed within 150 feet of an existing restaurant.

Among some of the ordinance's "house cleaning" items, the proposal would establish new permit requirements for food truck owners.

"The proposed ordinance requires that food trucks operating in all other manners also obtain a food truck permit issued by the Planning and Building Safety Department," the staff report reads. "This allows planning staff to ensure that they are operating in an allowed location and in compliance with the operational requirements."

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