Planning Commission supports food trucks in James City County

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The Offbeat Eats food truck was created by Jason and Jon Wade of Two Drummers Smokehouse in James City County. (Kirsten Petersen/ WYDaily)
The Offbeat Eats food truck was created by Jason and Jon Wade of Two Drummers Smokehouse in James City County. (Kirsten Petersen/ WYDaily)

Food truck operators in James City County now have the support of the county’s Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday night to recommend an ordinance amendment to the Board of Supervisors.  The draft amendment will go to the Board for a final vote at their Nov. 8 meeting, where it will be determined if it will be adopted into county ordinance.

“There’s a general appetite for this to move forward,” Stonehouse district Comissioner Heath Richardson said during the discussion, which drew a laugh from his colleagues.

Food trucks are currently not permitted in James City County.  The proposed amendment, if passed, would allow food trucks to operate in the M-1 Limited Business/Industrial Zoning district, M-2 General Industrial Zoning, PL Public Lands, and PUD-C Planned Unit and Development-Commercial.

The draft amendment would also create a new section (Section 24-9) in the code which describes the proposed application process and requirements for a mobile food vendor permit, as well as proposed performance standards for food truck operations.

“This is the kind of thing that’s exciting because we’re doing something new for the area,” said Jamestown district Commisioner Robin Bledsoe.  “This is a really exciting move forward for the county.”

Note: This post has been updated with a correction. An earlier version referred to Richardson and Bledsoe as Supervisors. They are Comissioners of their districts, not Supervisors.