Food trucks get more places to park in Nanaimo

NANAIMO – City council passes first two readings of an amended business license bylaw.

Food truck entrepreneurs will have more places to park across the Harbour City, thanks to changes in Nanaimo’s proposed licensing process.

Nanaimo will move ahead with its first licensing process for food trucks after city staff members opened up on-street and park locations and increased the number of vendors allowed in any one place, including six mobile kitchens at Maffeo Sutton Park, which is currently a one-trailer venue.

The city also scaled back the distance food truck entrepreneurs have to park from restaurants, to 15 metres from 25.

On Wednesday, Nanaimo city council passed the first and second reading for a business licence amendment bylaw that will allow for the operation of food trucks in the city under the new process.

Public notification is underway and adoption of the bylaw is expected to come up this January.

Changes to the policy include doubling the number of on-street locations downtown, from five to 10, a new location at the east parking lot in Bowen Park, and increasing vendors in public spaces like Departure Bay and Harewood Centennial Park which can see up to three vendors. Previously, the two park locations were proposed to only see one.