Fayetteville’s Planning Commission voted to change some of its standards when it comes to mobile vendors, making it more relaxed.
The commissioners approved an increase in the number of mobile vendors allowed on Dickson Street. It now has to pass city council but if it does, an unlimited number of mobile vendors would be allowed to park on Fayetteville’s hottest block.
Fayetteville’s City Planning Director, Andrew Garner, said they don’t see a need to have a limited number of mobile vendors on Dickson Street anymore.
“The original thought was it would be too crowded or there wouldn’t be enough parking on Dickson Street but that really hasn’t been a problem so we wanted to remove that restriction.”
The commissioners also voted to change the way permits are approved, making the process faster for people starting a business.
“When someone wants to set up a food truck court where you have multiple trucks on a parking lot or something like that, previously those kinds of request had to go before the whole planning commission for a conditional use permit. The planning commission would like for that to be just at a administrative approval so it would be approved easier and quicker. ” Garner said.
The Planning Department hopes these changes lighten the load for mobile vendors.
“We’re wanting to make it easier for startup businesses to and we’re hoping that a lot of these food trucks can eventually move into permanent businesses.” Garner said.
Owner of The Green Goat, Erin Walsh, says she’s thankful to be a part of a community that really wants mobile vendors to succeed.
“It feels supportive.. They’re really working hard to support the food truck industry in Fayetteville and I think we’re going to see a lot more food courts coming in.”
The next Fayetteville City Council meeting is scheduled for April 18th but there’s no word on if the mobile vendor expansion will be discussed.