Food truck plan headed to city council

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Food trucks will be coming to town if the Keizer City Council approves a recommendation that passed the city’s planning commission last week. Commissioners engaged in a marathon three-hour meeting Wednesday, June 8, that included discussion of issues related to permitting, signage, hours of operation, and what would constitute a “pod,” or cluster of food trucks, which triggers another set of regulations. “This is the kind of use that can create a lot of problems. But I think what we are going to pass is good stuff, and we’re not taking too much of a mother-may-I giant step that would get us into trouble,” said Commissioner Jim Jacks. Before taking affect, the Keizer City Council will need to approve the recommendation – and hold a public hearing –  which may not happen until late July or August, said City Attorney Shannon Johnson. Currently, a mobile food vendor can only operate in the city for up to a 90 days in any one year period.     Commissioners were able to clear up some matters speedily. They agreed with city staff recommendations that: any non-permanent truck, van, or trailer that has been outfitted to to prepare and serve food would be considered a “mobile food vendor;” vendors would be issued annual permits without any limits on the number of days of operation; vendors...

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