Nelson’s moratorium on food trucks in the downtown area is intended to protect brick-and-mortar businesses during the pandemic. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson’s moratorium on food trucks in the downtown area is intended to protect brick-and-mortar businesses during the pandemic. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson council extends downtown food truck ban on city property

Trucks will be allowed in other areas of the city

Nelson city council has extended its downtown moratorium on food trucks on city property for the rest of 2021.

Council also specified other areas of the city food trucks may locate, and passed a revised fee structure at its March 9 meeting.

In the spring of 2020 council temporarily banned food trucks from downtown on city property to protect brick-and-mortar restaurants during the pandemic.

During the extended downtown moratorium, food trucks may locate in the following areas only:

• Railtown on public streets, including the Cottonwood Falls market location when the farmers’ market is closed

• Lakeside Drive, including the parking lot portion adjacent to the soccer fields at Lakeside Park

• The Lower Hall Street parking lot

Fees for vendors in those areas:

• Basic fee of $250 per month

• First-time application fee of $300, renewal fee of $100

• Annual existing business licence fee of $135

• Electrical service charges depend on whether it is a street outlet, a metered service, an outlet at an adjacent business (generators are allowed).

These decisions were based on public consultation including a survey in the fall that received 1,130 responses.

Related:

Nelson council hears results of survey on patios and food trucks

Nelson expands sidewalk cafe space limits during pandemic

Nelson council allows four winter sidewalk cafes



bill.metcalfe@nelsonstar.com

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