For the first time in the city’s history, legislation has been introduced that would allow food trucks to serve food at predesignated areas in various locations in Nanaimo. The legislation was only recently brought up and it is unclear if it will pass. If passed, the new bill would allow food truck owners to file easy paperwork to open their food trucks at various parks and even on some streets. There might would even be an app that made the task of finding somewhere to set up a food truck even easier.
Officials have been crafting the document for over a year. Under the current legislation, food trucks are only permitted at certain festivals and activities in the city and are completely banned from serving food on the city’s streets. There is currently only one food truck in the city’s most popular park, which has become an issue of recent concern. The bill aims to make life for food truck entrepreneurs easier.
If enacted, the new legislation would allow the spots to be taken on a first come, first served basis. There would be an easy process to change spots frequently. The legislation also includes a requirement that food trucks be open at least 25 meters from the nearest traditional building restaurant. Other communities with similar food truck legislation have seen great success using this guideline, so Nanaimo is attempting to replicate the success that neighboring communities have had.
This food truck legislation will be reviewed in September 2015. In the meantime, legislators are asking any food truck company to please get safety signs, preferably from http://www.calgarysignage.ca/safety-signs/, to make sure all visitors are safe.