Updated 07/07/2012 05:30 PM
Durham ordinance could push food trucks away from farmer's market
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DURHAM—The Durham Farmer's Market on a Saturday morning is a food truck lover's dream; almost a dozen food trucks and vendors line the street next the market. But all of that could soon be changing.
The City of Durham has drafted an ordinance that would place strict regulations on food trucks and street vendors; mirroring ordinances already passed in Raleigh, Cary and Chapel Hill. Under the new ordinance, all trucks and carts would be forced to move 300 ft. away from the market. Assistant Planning Director Patrick Young said the new policy will clarify the rules.
"The primary purpose is to simplify and clarify the rules," said Young.
Becky Cascio owns Pie Pushers and said she has found success at the Durham Farmer's Market.
"The farmer's market is one of our favorite spots because everybody will almost try anything," Cascio said.
But after reading over the ordinance, Cascio said she is still confused. She does not know if she is able to operate at night when the restaurants are closed or in the morning when they are not open. Cascio said the new rules are still a little unclear.
Young claims the city has received complaints about the food trucks, however many in the community still show their support.
"It's part of Durham's culture, it makes us unique and not homogenous like Raleigh and Cary and the other franchised world. We want this to stay," said shopper Jim Force.
Under the proposal, trucks would have to be at least 100 ft. away from the entrance of all brick and mortar restaurants. The Durham Planning Department will hold an informational meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m. inside City Hall to further discuss the issue.