Food Trucks

Food Truck

Let’s Talk! Food Trucks Follow-up

  • Thanks all who attended and watched via YouTube!  I believe the Town received good feedback and ideas for a direction moving forward. More to come! Corinne

Notes from the talk session:

  • Central Location
    • Host food trucks at town property across from library
      • Concerns
        • Town’s liability
        • Town competing with private businesses
        • Town sponsoring one type of business
        • Not a continuous, safe walking path from downtown
    • Allow people to park in central location and offer electric bikes to get around town
    • Shuttle from town parking lot to other areas/businesses
  • Permits and Fees
    • Taxes and accountability for food trucks are unclear
    • Permitting and local versus county versus state regulations are not easy to follow
    • There’s a lack of understanding from both sides
      • Suggestions:
        • Make sure that all food businesses are abiding by regulations and keeping our community safe
        • Work on standard county-wide regulations for food trucks
        • Review Denver’s toolkits for foodtrucks for ideas
        • Revisit business licensing (for property owners/landlords)
        • Require a permit for transient businesses of all kinds
        • Provide a Q&A on the town website
  • Specific Location at First and Grand
    • Food truck patrons block driveway at First and Grand
      • Suggestions:
        • Signage beside driveway
        • Signage on street
        • Physical barrier
  • Food Trucks: Cons
    • Adequate parking for food trucks
      • Counterpoint: Businesses on Grand Ave do not generally have private parking
      • Suggestion: Require property owner to abide by setback, parking rules
    • Availability of restrooms
    • Zoning
      • Counterpoint: brick and mortar and food trucks are limited to zoning that allows food businesses
    • Property tax
      • Counterpoint: building is an appreciating asset and truck is a depreciating asset
      • Property taxes for food truck areas are paid by other private land owners
    • Overall expense of a food truck is much lower
      • Suggestions:
        • View food trucks as a stepping stone to brick and mortar locations
        • Incentivize/improve costs to open a brick and mortar restaurant
    • Unfair competition
      • Counterpoints:
        • Should restaurants be denied liquor licenses because they compete with breweries?
        • Brick and mortar business doesn’t feel threatened because if they offer a good product consumers will come
    • Brick and mortar losing business to food trucks (Subway)
      • Counterpoint: Subways around the country are going out of business because of changing consumer preferences
  • Food Trucks: Pros
    • Greater diversity
    • Food trucks help fill the gap for specialty foods that could not be afforded by brick and mortar locations or not available full-time
      • Counterpoint: Town is too small to support food trucks in addition to restaurants
    • Food trucks bring people to town
    • Food truck patrons often visit other local shops
  • Market Awareness
    • People are unaware of the number and type of food choices available in our community
    • The town should encourage and work with all food providers
    • Businesses should do market studies
    • The town must understand what makes it special to bring people in (example: Marble)
    • Understand your market (locals versus tourists, cost per plate)
    • The town should put more effort into understanding how to draw people into town
  • One Way Streets
    • It would reduce parking
    • It seems like too much for a small town
      • Counterpoints
        • It provides expanded outdoor seating (example: Crested Butte)
        • It could support pedestrians and bicyclists
    • Suggestion: Temporary one-way street so the community members can see how it would work and make an informed decision