Ordinance changes could be coming for Roswell food trucks

ROSWELL, N.M.(KRQE) – There could be changes coming in one New Mexico city over where food trucks can park but these changes could work in the food trucks’ favor.

There will be a planning and zoning meeting Tuesday night to discuss a new ordinance.

Right now food trucks are only allowed on private property with written permission from the property owner. Under the new rules, vendors would have more freedom and they may be able to go to parks.

They could be on public property as long as they are not blocking traffic or competing with a facility’s concession stand.

Kerry Moore, owner of Chef Todzilla’s Mobile Cuisine, says she’s excited about these changes.

“In the summer when Roswell hits about 115 degrees, standing in the middle of a parking lot is not the best place or the most comfortable place for a lot of people, so now we can go to the parks and be in the grass and the shade,” said Moore.

The new ordinance would also change registration fees for mobile food vendors. Before they were paying $35 a month that could change to $35 a year.

“That is huge because food to start with, small revenues, so that’s a huge savings,” said Moore.

Vendors say they are happy with the proposal right now but are waiting for Tuesday’s meeting to make sure everything is as good as it looks.

There’s a lot of talk on social media that chain restaurants are fed up with the food trucks stealing their business but the restaurants KRQE News 13 talked to didn’t seem to have a problem.

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