Continuing the discussion from the Nov. 18 Turlock City Council, a new Council will revisit a request to repeal and replace the Turlock Municipal Code Title 9, Zoning Ordinance, in its entirety, including a ban on food trucks in Downtown Turlock.
The proposed food truck ban has been in discussion for approximately a year now, after food trucks began to open Downtown.
The argument is that food truck vendors don't have to meet the same stringent – and costly – building codes and laws that brick-and-mortar businesses do, putting restaurants at a competitive advantage. That lets food trucks offer lower prices, stealing business from restaurants.
In March of 2014, the Planning Commission approved, on a split 4-3 majority, an ordinance to ban food trucks Downtown.
The ordinance, however, would not become enforceable until voted on by the Turlock City Council.
Council visited the item, as part of a request to repeal and replace the Zoning Ordinance, on Nov. 18, however the Council approved to continue the discussion on Jan. 13.
Since the Nov. 18 meeting, two new members have joined the Council — Mayor Gary Soiseth and Councilmember Matthew Jacob.
The ordinance change, in Section 9-2-125(d), would prohibit food trucks in the Downtown Core, Downtown Core Transition and Office Residential overlay districts.
The Turlock City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Yosemite Room of Turlock City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.