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Streamlining the Process: The future of "Food Trucks" and other Vendors

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - In Sussex County, Taco Reho is enjoying it's time as the only full-kitchen food truck in the area. New competition could be around the corner though as the county is looking into the option of streamlining the application process.

County Administrator Todd Lawson is expected to submit a draft ordinance to the council Tuesday morning, for consideration. If the draft ordinance is introduced, it would then be up for the public hearing process.

The ordinance refers to the following applicants.

Temporary removable vendor stands, including but not limited to "food trucks" and similar vehicles or trailers, located on the premises for not more than 6 months per year for the sale of food, agricultural products or other food-related goods.

The ordinance goes on to explain a variety of requirements:

- Must not be "permanently affixed to the premises."

- No more than one of these vendors on one parcel at one time.

- Must not be wider than 8 feet and six inches, or longer than 45 feet.

- Must not connect to utilities.

- Must not interfere with vehicular or pedestrian movements on the property.

Rather than going through a costly and lengthy application process, an applicant would instead need approval from the director of Planning and Zoning instead. At the time of application, the business must present proof of a business license, written approval for use of the location from the property owner, and a drawing or site plan of the location. If approved, the director would provide the business with a "Sussex County Vendor Stand" sticker.

The streamlined process would only be possible for vendors on commercial properties, as the ordinance would not change any laws of similar vendors on AR land.

County Administrator Todd Lawson explained why they are introducing the ordinance.

"This takes months of time," he said of the public hearing process. "And we thought that was excessive. On a commercial site that was already approved to do commercial types of activities."

At Taco Reho, owner Billy Lucas said he was on board with the process. The ordinance wouldn't actually apply to Taco Reho because, the business is set to stay on that property for more than six months. However, Lucas said the policy would open the door for a budding industry. He said the long, expensive process makes the already "daunting" task of starting a business that much more difficult.

"To spend a thousand dollars just to have someone say 'yes you can do business here,'" he said. "It seems to be a bit much. Especially down here in Southern Delaware."

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