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.