City Council Votes 'Yes' to BMO Expansion and Food Trucks

City Councillors vote 34-3 in favour of loosening restrictions on food trucks.

Get ready to see a food truck near you!  During another marathon council meeting city councillors voted 34-3 in favour of loosening the rules surrounding food trucks. 

Trucks can now set up shop throughout the city, but there are still a number of regulations that determine where they can go and for how long.  Although the Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee voted to go a step further than what staff had recommended a motion put forth by Councillor Cesar Pelacio tightened the reins once again. 

The committee voted to allow trucks to stay on any given block for five hours, but that was reduced to just three hours.  And instead of allowing an unlimited number of trucks to park on a block, council approved allowing only two to occupy one block at any given time.  Business Improvement Areas will also be able to restrict food trucks from entering areas during special events and can appeal to their community councils to give certain trucks the boot. 

There are also restrictions on where food trucks can park in relation to schools and places of worship.  City Councillors also voted 22-15 in favour of only allowing 125 ‘mobile vending permits’ to be issued, including the 27 existing curb lane permits.  The Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards has to report back in one year before any more permits can be issued.

City Council also voted to loan $10-million to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to help expand BMO Field.  The plan calls for adding nearly 10,000 additional seats to the stadium and covering them all with a roof.  MLSE will also be extending the field to make room for the Toronto Argonauts, but the entire project is dependent on another $20-million from the provincial and federal governments.

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  1. Frankie posted on 04/04/2014 07:18 AM
    The circus is back in session. Food truck rules so absurd they'll kill the business again. Council couldn't order toilet paper without screwing it up.
    1. Angry Bill posted on 04/04/2014 09:36 AM
      @Frankie I totally agree, Frankie. Council couldn't organize a two car parade.
    2. HP posted on 04/04/2014 12:28 PM
      @Frankie It's not really about city council. The CRFA has been lobbying all politicians to stop the spread of these food trucks because they compete with restaurants. Restaurants have huge operating costs and see these trucks as low cost competition so they've forced the governments to allow them to sell only street meat, not real food. Those that tried got hit with huge costs and regulations that bankrupted them in a few months.

      It's the food service lobby that contributes to election campaigns that's driving these policies...if trucks are allowed they want them restricted in hours, locations, and menus so that they don't compete with brick and mortar restaurants.
    3. Frankie posted on 04/04/2014 05:03 PM
      @HP Interesting info. I'm sure other regions that have food trucks don't impact restaurants they way the CRFA is implying, eg. New York and many other cities.
  2. Angry Bill posted on 04/04/2014 12:16 PM
    Councillors need to go to Niagara in May to see how food trucking is done right.

    I'm thinking of going myself.. Looks like a good time.
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