Food trucks

Food trucks have quickly become prevalent across Huntsville. 

With the new food scene taking shape, the city’s planning commission is looking at regulations that would introduce operating standards.

Currently, the city’s code doesn’t specifically regulate food trucks.

“Our development code is currently silent in regards to food trucks and food truck parks,” planner Leigha Larkins told the Huntsville Planning Commission during a meeting Thursday. “They are regulated by the truck and a combination of the building and health codes … when we have someone coming in wanting to build a food truck park we have had to be piecemeal regulations that are similar, but aren’t specific to food trucks.”

There are four food truck parks across Huntsville — with the largest, Arnaud’s Food Park, offering six different vendors at their location on Montgomery Road. With the new regulations, commissioners are looking at adding regulations for things such as parking, restrooms, setbacks and garbage disposal.

“We can require them to get a permit for a truck and a deck, but we don’t really have ways to regulate the multiple vendors and things such as noise,” Larkins added.

Commissioners stated that food truck parks already regulating within the city would be grandfathered in.

Other action taken by the planning commission included:

• approval for the final plat for section three of the Sterling Ridge subdivision.

• denial for a plat modifications and waivers for a tract of land on 20th Street.

The next scheduled meeting of the Huntsville Planning Commission is set for June 20.