Fuquay-Varina planning board loosens food truck restrictions

The Fuquay-Varina planning board. Photo by Carleigh Griffeth/WNCN

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (WNCN) — Food truck owners and their friends were celebrating a win Monday night in Fuquay-Varina.

After weeks of debate about proposed restrictions on where the mobile restaurants can serve, the town’s planning commission landed on a proposal that they hope satisfies everyone. But, they didn’t get there without public input.

“Limiting our ability to attract people isn’t going to help Fuquay,” said Scott Palmieri, Co-Owner of Draft Line Brewing in Fuquay.

Concerned citizens showed up on a cold foggy night in Fuquay to stand up for food trucks.

“Just like your brick and mortars have chosen to open their restaurants in your town, I’ve chosen to do business in this town also. So if you’re going to protect them from me, someone should be trying to protect me from them,” said Tony Hudson, Owner of Flatzz food truck.

After some restaurant owners expressed concerns to city officials that food trucks may be taking away business, city staff reviewed the city’s recent mobile restaurant ordinance and suggested some changes. Some of those changes included limiting a food truck’s operations to just two days a week, and not allowing them in commercial zones.

“It may or may not help brick and mortar places within Fuquay, but it will certainly inhibit our growth, the folks that don’t have food,” said Palmieri.

But after taking into account public sentiment, the board discarded those unpopular restrictions. The much less restrictive proposal now goes to the Town Board of Commissioners for approval at their next meeting.

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