June 22, 2012

City panel hashes out rules for food trucks

The council must vote on the proposed regulations, which limit where and when the trucks can operate.

By Randy Billings rbillings@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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From 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the peninsula, food trucks would largely be restricted to the Bayside neighborhood, West Commercial Street, the Eastern Promenade, Park Avenue and near the Ocean Gateway terminal. They would have to be at least 65 feet from commercial restaurants and lodging establishments.

The trucks would also be subject to city parking rules, which means they could stay in one location no longer than two hours.

"We're trying to make them as successful as possible by reducing those fees because of those constraints," Fuss said.

Off peninsula, food trucks would be allowed to operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. in several business and industrial zones, provided they are 200 feet from other food trucks or food establishments.

Food trucks would only be allowed in city parks through a competitive bidding process. They would be prohibited from residential zones, school grounds and residential neighborhoods.

In other business, City Manager Mark Rees said the city has narrowed its search for a new fire chief from 55 hopefuls to "four or five" candidates. Next Thursday, the candidates will meet with both a citizen and an employee panel, he said, and on Friday, they will be asked to explain how they would handle certain situations they might face on the job.

Rees says he will then narrow the field to a couple finalists to interview. He told the panel he would like to have a chief nominated within a month.

Staff Writer Randy Billings can be contacted at 791-6346 or at:

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Today's poll: Food trucks

Should food trucks be allowed to do business in more Portland neighborhoods?

Yes

No

View Results