Chicago food truck plan gains mobility
(MCT) — A Chicago ordinance that would allow cooks to prepare fresh meals from food trucks appears ready to move forward in the City Council with new provisions and the endorsement of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The ordinance would create loading zone-like “food truck stands” across the city that would allow up to two trucks to park for two hours at a time. Trucks could also park on private property with permission or in legal parking spaces across the city as long as they were at least 200 feet away from a retail food establishmenta restriction that would not apply to the spots that would serve as truck stands.
Emanuel’s office said Monday that the new draft of the proposed ordinance, which had been idling in a City Council committee for a year, aimed to legalize food truckswhich have been popular in several other U.S. citieswhile protecting the interests of brick-and-mortar restaurant operators. The trucks would be required to install a GPS device on board that would allow the city to track their movements.
Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th, and Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno, 1st, plan to introduce the expanded ordinance Wednesday. It will likely be reviewed by the City Council’s committee on licensing and economic development before going to a full council vote in July.
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