Food trucks permitted to operate in Spruce Grove

Food trucks permitted to operate in Spruce Grove

Council amends Land Use Bylaw to allow trucks within designated areas

Spruce Grove City Council has approved new guidelines to permit the operation of food trucks within the community.

Council amended the City's Land Use bylaw during the May 25 council meeting to allow food trucks to operate in five districts where they will not take up required on-site parking stalls and may, in some cases, contribute to the walkability of locations, such as city centre. An accompanying policy also permits food trucks to operate on roadways.

The permitted locations are in the C1 - City Centre Commercial District, C2 - Vehicle Oriented Commercial District, M1 - General Industrial District, PS - Public Service Institutional District and P1 - Parks and Recreation District.

Prior to making the change, the City did a survey to see how the public felt about food trucks and the results were overwhelmingly positive.

Of the 351 people who responded to the survey, 94 per cent were in favour of food trucks operating in Spruce Grove and more than 91 per cent felt the trucks had the potential to draw customers to surrounding businesses. Eighty-eight per cent of respondents said they would travel within Spruce Grove to visit a food truck.