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Aug 21, 2012


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Any hint about where the ban is constituted? Is it an ordinance, the directive of a department? Knowing that might help find answers to your questions.

Cecelia Thompson

Ed, the ordinance was amended at the May 3, 2011 Council meeting. I looked at the minutes from that meeting online this morning. There are no details on why it was reviewed or amended. You can check them out here: http://greensboro.granicus.com/DocumentViewer.php?file=greensboro_bff93ee17fb4a1af352c26ecfc6349f1.pdf&view=1

Let me know if you find anything else. Cecelia


Cecilia is correct, it was approved unanimously by council.

The agenda item was described in the council minutes (p. 20) as being a "Recommendation from the March 16, 2011 Planning Board meeting."

The Planning Board web page shows no public meeting for March 16, 2011 and the minutes of meetings close to that date do not record any mention of this issue.


Sorry, here are the minutes from the Planning Board Meeting.


According to the minutes, there was no discussion about banning food trucks from downtown at the planning board meeting, but it ended up in the language recommended by the planning board to city council, so it got inserted somewhere between the two public hearings.

If I were not already getting the slow-walk from the City on some month's old records requests, I'd try to find out how downtown came into the picture by making a public records request for communications the city has on the issue.

Tony Wilkins

EC says: "What was the process behind the ban?"

I've wondered the same thing, Ed.

"You've heard all the answers but the questions remain
Grab a hold of that fistful of rain"...Warren Zevon

Peggy Hickle

Pure speculation, but I wonder if there is a connection between this and the fact that the only way the City could resolve the complete food chaos surrounding A&T Homecoming was to move from being a co-sponsor of the parade to the organizer of the entire food court. Perhaps realizing the steps they had to take there and seeing the High Point situation beginning to reach those proportions, maybe they decided to "protect" downtown. Sometimes zeal obfuscates common sense.

Peggy Hickle

Oops -- High Point ROAD, not High Point -- there's barely any food, far less food chaos in High Point.

Ryan Shell

Anyone know what type of fees are associated with food trucks that can park in other parts of the city? Seems this is a lost revenue stream for the city.

Seems this is a good opportunity to create competition (not a bad thing) and choices within downtown.

Hope all is well.



Watched a show last night about food and Austin Tx. I caught only the tail end of the piece but it looked like they have a food truck trailer park area. I could be wrong there. But it seemed cool.

Looking forward to the Food Truck Festival thingy.

Still havent heard if this is a "kid friendly" or more 21 and up event.

Does Gso really have a ban on street entertainers? That is one of my favorite things in Asheville.

Andrew Brod

As I noted in a previous thread on this topic, creating pods or zones for food trucks is the way quite a few cities do this. It seems to work just fine.

Ginia Zenke

Where are the bounderies of the exclusion zone?


Mick, the Spring Garden Food Truck Festival is "kid friendly". Pet friendly I believe as well.



I saw there were at least some outdoor acts, etc. Now I guess it is all about the weather. Looking forward to it. Really am.


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