You may have seen or heard recent press reports heralding the fact that the Food Truck culture is just around the corner. Er. not yet. The Dallas City Planning Commission has approved changes to some regulations that will allow trucks to operate in the Arts District. Dallas City Council will vote and likely approve the changes at their April 27 meeting. The specific areas are Planned Development zones 145 and 708. The Planning Commission voted to remove the requirements that food trucks must move every hour and that they need to provide a restroom. However, any service will be limited to parking on private property.
It’s a start, and I’m happy for the Arts District. But Greenville Ave., Deep Ellum, and Uptown will have to wait. Lest you think Dallas is lagging in “funk,” we are not far behind other cities. Portland is the clear leader and Austin is close behind, but Chicago, Nashville, LA, andDenver are all struggling with regulations changes.