The Santa Barbara City Council is updating ordinance 5.32.035 which covers mobile vending businesses like food trucks. Adoption is anticipated for early 2016. You can read the proposed ordinance online at santabarbaraca.gov/MobileVendors. Here are some highlights:
- The City Council finds that it is in the interest of the public health, safety and the general welfare of the community that time, place, and manner restrictions be established with respect to the operation and location of mobile vending vehicles or any non-motorized wheeled container, such as a wagon or pushcart upon any City street.
- No person shall stand, park or operate any [vending] vehicle within or from the public right of way at the following locations: those streets bounded by and including: Castillo Street, Micheltorena Street, Garden Street, and Cabrillo Boulevard and on Milpas Street from the intersection of Milpas and Quinientos to the intersection of Milpas and Canon Perdido.
- It shall be unlawful to sell or offer for sale any food or beverage from any pushcart on any public street, including parkways or sidewalks, within the City.
- No vendor shall stand, stop or park any vehicle, from which merchandise, food, or other items are sold or displayed or offered for sale, barter or exchange, on any portion of any street, alley, sidewalk or public property within the city for a period of time that exceeds sixty minutes at any one location. Any vending conducted at a location within five hundred foot radius of any other location used in that same day by the same vending vehicle shall constitute one single location.
- Mobile food vendors on private property shall be located and operated in compliance with the following standards: Mobile food vendors may only operate in non-residential zones, on lots developed with non-residential uses. Shall not exceed one truck per day per parking lot. Maximum three hours per day per parking lot. No lot may have a mobile food vendor onsite for more than ninety days total in any twelve-month period.
Food truck owners are concerned. “Mostly it seems they want to restrict hours, where we can park because of traffic concerns and what is perceived as a threat to public safety,” says Michael Gardner owner of The Burger Bus. “They will require us to move after a specific amount of time which would be less than existing posted time limits, and essentially keep us out of the Funk Zone even if on private property.”
The public is invited to comment on the proposed draft Mobile Vending Ordinances at a community meeting on December 3, 2 p.m. at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center 1118 E. Cabrillo Boulevard.
Reader Primetime tells me that the next meeting of the New Zoning Ordinance Joint Committee will be held on December 7, 2015 and continue on December 14, 2015. I am not sure about where the meeting will be held, assuming City Hall.