City of Nacogdoches Discussion Series: Food Trucks

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As part of the ongoing community discussion series, The City of Nacogdoches has been asked by business owners in the community and the public to review the current food truck ordinance.

The City of Nacogdoches invites all residents to a public Food Truck Community Forum to be held on April 7, 2017, at the Banita Creek Park from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This will precede an ordinance review meeting to be held on April 17, 2017, at the C.L. Simon Recreation Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

These events are part of the #cityofnac Discussion Series and will be utilized to review and potentially update the current Itinerant Vendor ordinance which encompasses the laws for food trucks within the Nacogdoches city limits.

In order to gain feedback about this ordinance and its possible improvement efforts, a community forum will be held prior to the ordinance revision meeting.

This event will be held in Banita Creek Park to attract members of the community and raise awareness of the current ordinance, as well as the potential need for revisions. The forum will also be used to gather feedback on what alterations community members would like to see within the ordinance, and how they feel about food trucks in Nacogdoches.

“Several potential business owners in Nacogodches have approached us an asked for a closer look at the ordinance,” City Planner Larissa Philpot said. “We want to be ‘open for business in Nacogdoches’ while also considering the needs of other long-time business owners in our community.”

Residents can purchase lunch at the event and City staff will be in attendance to collect written and verbal feedback for this initial conversation. Local artists will also feature live music for guests.

If positive public feedback showing a desire for altered food truck operations is received, City of Nacogdoches staff will draft revisions to the ordinance and host a more formal meeting to review a new draft. Citizens are encouraged to attend both events and express their views about the ordinance revisions.

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