Abbotsford Food Trucks Stalled In Legal Limbo

Abbotsford/Vancouver (Star FM) – Food trucks are a common sight in Vancouver, but here in Abbotsford you pretty much only see them at festivals and special events, making it tough for businesses to make a full time go of it.

Fraser Valley Food Truck Association president Laine Ogilvie says that’s because Abbotsford doesn’t have a roadside permit program.

“Someone who owns a food truck in the City of Abbotsford would not be able to set up Monday to Friday on the side of the road and sell product. They have to go to events on the weekend, all over the Fraser Valley and Vancouver.”

Because there are only so many festivals to go to, it can be hard to make a food truck a viable full time business.

City director of development planning Darren Braun says it’s something the City plans to address.

“Through our next update to our zoning bylaw, which we are going to be commencing in the fall. We want to start to look at that, similar to other cities’ on road permitting programs, look at that and consider that, and obviously do consultation with our food and beverage and restaurant industry in Abbotsford.”

Braun says anything staff comes up with would of course have to be approved by Council.

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