JCC Supes Could Initiate Food Truck Consideration Tuesday Night

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The Norfolk-based Karnage Asada is the first food truck to apply for a permit to operate regularly in York County. (Image courtesy of Karnage Asada)
The Norfolk-based Karnage Asada is the first food truck to apply for a permit to operate regularly in York County. (Image courtesy of Karnage Asada)

James City County planners could begin exploring the potential for food trucks in the parking lots of industrial parks if the Board of Supervisors approves a resolution Tuesday night.

The resolution would initiate the consideration of amendments to three zoning districts – the M-1 Limited Business/Industrial zoning, the M-2 General Industrial zoning and the PUD-C Planned Unit Development-Commercial zoning – so food trucks could be permitted.

According to a memo from JCC Planner Roberta Sulouff, planning staff has received “a number of inquiries” in recent years from companies interested in operating food trucks at the county’s industrial parks.

“Mobile food vending vehicles could provide additional on-site meal options for workers in these areas,” Sulouff writes. “It may be beneficial for economic development purposes to add an additional use to [M-1, M-2 and PUD-C districts].”

Currently, food trucks are not permitted in any district in James City County, but they are allowed when they operate in conjunction with special events.

The amendments could add the definition of “mobile food vending vehicles” to the county’s zoning ordinance, list food trucks as a permitted use in the three districts and set standards for a truck’s operation, such as requiring documentation of permits and limiting business hours.

Planners were directed to investigate options for permitting food trucks after Supervisor Ruth Larson (Berkeley) shared a resident’s inquiry during the Feb. 9 Board of Supervisors meeting.

“I did hear quite a bit about it last year,” Larson said Feb. 9. “We’re kind of becoming a foodie destination and people talk about food trucks enhancing the use of restaurants.”

If the resolution is approved, the matter will be referred to the JCC Planning Commission’s Policy Committee. The committee would then bring a recommendation on the amendments to the Planning Commission, which would hold at least one public hearing on the matter before sending its recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

In January, the York County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance that allows food trucks on developed and occupied private properties. The Williamsburg City Council asked city staff last year to begin research on the potential for successful food truck operation in the city.