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PTC working on food truck rules

An ordinance laying out rules for mobile food trucks was approved by the Peachtree City Planning Commission at its Oct. 22 meeting.

But the commission is recommending that food trucks be limited to those operated by restaurants that already exist in the city, which might defeat the purpose of the food truck initiative. Food trucks are a nationwide trend as a way to offer food in a given area that may not currently be offered by traditional restaurants.

Food trucks must pass health inspections just like other restaurants, but the city’s proposed rules deal more with operational guidelines. Jimmy Daniel of the Grazing Here food truck wants to have a location in the city where several food trucks can serve at one time on specific days of the week.

The proposed rules, which will be finalized by the city council at an upcoming meeting, would require all food trucks to obtain an annual vendor permit from the city, and they would be limited to selling from certain city-approved sites and also at city-sponsored events.

Each food truck will be required to provide proof of a $1 million liability insurance policy that protects the vendor the public and the city from damage, property and injury claims.

City staff have proposed to limit mobile food trucks to properties that are zoned general commercial, office institutional, light industrial and general industrial. Also, each vendor site would be allowed to be open no more than two days each week for a maximum of six hours each day.

Property owners must also file an application to provide a mobile food truck vendor site which includes restrictions on access, proximity to fire hydrants and the distance from the nearby road.

The ordinance also forbids mobile food trucks from using flashing or blinking lights and requires all signs to be permanently affixed to the food truck except for a portable menu board, which cannot be located between the truck and the adjacent road.

The food trucks will also be required to provide at least one trash container for public use and they must serve their food on single-serve items such as plastic utensils and paper plates. The trucks must also use only self-contained power and also use a reverse gear signal alarm for the protection of anyone nearby when it is going backwards.



Reduce the vendor permit fee for any existing or new restaurant in PTC that has a storefront and is already paying taxes. All outsiders must pay the full permit fee.

Most of the high end vendors in Atlanta selling out of a roach coach are specialty vendors. If they find that they have a good following, this could eventually bring us additional restaurants. This also provides our existing restaurants opportunities at a discounted rate.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

Hello! Is anyone there? Existing restaurants do not have food trucks. They have restaurants. You can go in, sit down and order off their same old menu. Some are better than others.

The food trucks come in with specialty food not carried by local restaurants and also to create a festival-like environment which brings out people not inclined to go to a restaurant. Great for a family or group that can't agree on a single-themed restaurant. Promise you will see social groups making these trucks a regular event. Also conference attendees at the Wyndam and Dolce will seek out the food truck venue and probably run shuttle buses to the site. Or, CVB could use their shiny new van.The food trucks create business, generate new fees and taxes for the city (if it is set up properly) and gives us an opportunity to have something that makes PTC unique. This is an especially good idea for special events like Road races, BMX, Dragon Boat.

You don't need these food trucks scattered around the city like restaurants, you need them concentrated in one place on the same day(s) just like every other city has. Pay attention, people.

This seemed to be such a no-brainer when it was first suggested that the city designate Drake Field, put some tables there and assign food truck spaces and set the times and days and use CVB money to set up the site - that at least would be legal and appropriate. Now it has morphed into something that won't work. Whether that is by design or just willful ignorance we will find out at the meeting.

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RKS's picture

I don't really want them in PTC, but for crying out loud - these ding a lings making rules? Dumb, dumb, dumb!

Perhaps the city should check out the Food Truck rules & regs that Georgia and other cities have adopted; might save some time and frustration.

In the meantime, how about using the same location andrules as the Farmers Market vendors?

Love those food trucks!

mudcat's picture

Answers are so obvious, but they are supplied below anyway

Publish guidelines (see attachment above) ? - Romney

Use free-market common sense and be open to all food trucks - Romney

Restrict food trucks to only those owned by exiting restaurants - Mussolini, whoops, I meant Obama

Be pro-business and invite new vendors into the city - Romney

Write an ordinance that dictates menu location and back-up beepers - Obama - this one is particularly unbelievable.

What in the world are we trying to accomplish here? Have food trucks or drive them away like we would an adult book store?

recommends something, it doesn't mean that that's the ordinance that will be passed. This concerned me when I saw it, I contacted the city manager and have been told that it is not the staffs recommendation, I certainly would not vote for an ordinance that stifles competition and free enterprise. We want these truck businesses to fall in love with PTC and then open brick and mortar stores. We also want to attract food trucks that do not represent the offerings of current restaurants in town. Lastly, it is NOT governments job to OVER regulate business. In this case we need to get out of the way and let entrepreneurs create jobs.

mudcat's picture

One comment however. Food Trucks and static restaurants are two entirely different things. Unlikely one will convert into the other. Nevertheless, the food truck application or request or whatever it is, gives Peachtree City a chance to work with them to create something special for our community.

Get Nancy Price involved. She doesn't waste time with the political BS and sees things for what they are. She is a "how can we make this work" kind of person as opposed to the typical government drone who dreams up ways to get in the way.

It may already be happening with our 1 licensed food truck. He parks at the Farmers market and is looking into opening a restaurant in PTC- if this hasn't killed his enthusiasm.

Agreed on Nancy- she does a great job and would be an asset in promoting this.

I hate to "Break the News" to folks in Golf Cart City, but BEFORE there was an official City, or rather while it was under construction there were Food Trucks, you could set your watch by these trucks, Aberdeen was 11:33 am
Glenloch, was 11:47, "down by the lake" (Kelly Dr) 12 noon, over at the stables at 12:25. Later they built a Hardee's and BOTH made money, the brick and mortar and the Lunch Trucks, Then Dividend started being serviced by these trucks, (thank God) otherwise I'd have starved to death all the way down at Falcon Field along with the guys in the Paint shop, radio shop and the A&P's, I mean ya can only eat so many Vending machine chips, ya know there was even a Food Truck that serviced the VoTec wing at McIntosh
Heck on Friday and Saturday night at Tivoli's (The Skating Ring) you could either eat inside or walk outside and get something from the Food Truck.. Folks were happy, people were making Money, and the government wasn't stifling EVERYONE.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

First city council will consider the food truck ordinance. Consider rewriting it to at least sound the tiniest bit business-friendly. Please try harder with this. The Big Brother approach isreally getting old.

Then at the end of the meeting we will be treated to an executive session where they are discussing Haddix's claim, a possible "settlement" with Haddix and also discussing paying for Haddix's outside attorney - presumably Mike Bowers. Can't wait to hear what leaks out of that.

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cogitoergofay's picture

What a continuing huge waste of time

NUK_1's picture

Taxpayers could be on the hook for:
A) Bower's fees-which will be pricey
B) An outside attorney to represent the City Council
C) Paying back what they took away from Doofus Don + interest


A) Settle what was taken and restore his pay back to what it was
B) Let the voters kick his sorry butt to the curb a year from now

Of the two options, I think PTC will spend a lot more than the 10K Haddix screwed the taxpayers out of and this would be throwing away even more money to go along with Haddix's stupidity costing 10K already. Let's not compound stupidity with further stupidity here.

I imagine Mr. Haddix is bringing this to a head. I would like to see if he can compromise and admit that he went behind the backs of the council trying to fight this when he could have been up front and just explained, that since he wrote the bonehead email on a work computer that he was acting as mayor when he made the statement.

This would have been the decent thing to do.

If he can admit and offer a reasonable compromise, then lets get this behind us.

I have a great Idea, Get together with some food truck owners, figure out what rules work, and what rules don't work. Just sitting down and pulling rules and regulations out of your A$$'s is not the way to do this simple task.
If I owned a food truck, Peachtree City would NOT be on my stop list, 12 hours a week max, give me a break, back up beepers,no menu facing the road, really people, fools making the rules, got to love it, just say'n..

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