As debate continues in Los Angeles, city officials in Santa Monica have approved a new permit that allows food trucks to park on private property and form mobile food courts.
The move was prompted after a local museum and property owner wanted to host food trucks to drum up business but were denied by the city due to zoning restrictions. The city reconsidered.
According to the Santa Monica Daily Press:
On Tuesday, City Hall's planning department said it would begin accepting applications for "temporary use permits" that would allow mobile food truck courts to operate. The permits would be good for up to three months and would be subject to renewal. The fee for a permit application is $953.72.
The decision in Santa Monica comes as the city of Los Angeles debates a similar issue. On Wednesday, the LA City Council considered specially designated food truck parking zones after complaints from local restaurants.
Another motion called on city staff to prepare recommendations for "restricting catering trucks from parking at parking meters in commercially zoned areas."
The city's Transportation Committee heard testimony from dozens of food truck operators, restaurateurs and law enforcement personnel, but decided to gather additional information before taking action.