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Hearing Tuesday on mobile food vendor regulations

The Mathews County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors will hold a joint public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday on an application to add regulations governing mobile food vendors to the zoning ordinance.

The draft ordinance defines a mobile food vending vehicle, or food truck, as a “self-propelled or towed vehicle licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles containing a mobile kitchen in which food and beverages are stored and/or prepared and from which menu items are served in individual portions to walk-up customers.”

The ordinance, if adopted, would cover such basic requirements as a valid health permit, state fire marshal permit, and consent of the property owner for operation.

Operational requirements outlined in the draft document govern such matters as displaying permits, maintaining setbacks from dwellings, and providing trash receptacles and places restrictions on signage, lighting, liquid waste, seating, and porta-potties. There is also a prohibition against par...

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