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Brentwood Takes First Step to Allowing Food Trucks

The city currently has no regulations, and the public works committee agreed to have regulations drawn up by city staff, to go to planning and zoning.

A food truck debate has raged for months in Maplewood, but on Wednesday, with little fanfare, took the first step to allowing them on a regular basis.

Public Works Committee members Andy Leahy, Cindy Manestar, Keith Robertson and Maureen Saunders approved a motion Wednesday to send a proposal to planning and zoning to allow food trucks, with regulations.

City planner Ellen Rottjakob said the city has had requests for food trucks, and so far they’ve been handled with a special use permit.

"The increased demand for food trucks in communites is something that's been in the news," she said. "Communities that surround us have taken action and our current ordinance does not really provide much guidance."

She said the planning and zoning commision has asked for a draft of regulations, and city staff thought it would be helpful to have some direction from the public works commission if food trucks are even desired.

"Creve Coeur and have banned them because they feel they are unfair competition to brick and mortar businesses," she said. She also said there are good examples from cities that have allowed them.

Rottjakob said a food truck owner has requested to operate at the pool, and another one has asked to operate year-round at the Promenade.

The discussion centered around different types of vendors already in Brentwood. Leahy mentioned ice cream vendors that drive through neighborhoods and food trucks at venues such as Brentwood Days and the carnival as examples.

Rottjakob said the owner of the Promenade could decide to allow food trucks onto the parking lot regardless what a store might want, as long as a truck followed city regulations. They agreed that would not want one parked in front of its store, but Rottjakob said that’s just where a food truck might like to operate.

"As they draft something, if they'll at least pay attention to the exceptions, so that we don't end up really messing up ourselves unintentionally," Leahy said.

After a little more than 10 minutes of discussion the committee voted unanimously for city staff to draft regulations, to be considered at the next planning and zoning meeting.

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Jim Schmuke August 10, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Should have kept Friday's in Brentwood instead of tearing it down and putting up the 25th bank in Brentwood.
Diane Dodge August 10, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Amen to that!!!!!!
Cindy Manestar August 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM
I would like to chime in here as well... To my understanding, we (the public works committee) voted to send this issue to planning and zoning so they could examine whether or not to allow food trucks in Brentwood. If P&Z agrees to allow them, they would set guidelines and regulations regarding these food truck. From there, they would make a recommendation to the board for consideration and ultimately, the entire board of alderman would then vote in favor or against the recommendation, which at this time has not yet been determined. This certainly is not a done deal and I encourage Brentwood citizens to make their thoughts on this issue known.
Doug Miner August 11, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Getting back to you, Maureen. As of today, the minutes from the public works committee meeting aren't finished. When I hear back from Bola or Octavia that they're available I'll add them to the article.
Mr. Completely August 11, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I'm looking forward to having a Chick-fil-A food truck in Brentwood.

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