Halifax food truck rules reviewed, tender recalled
Halifax regional council has cancelled a tender call for five prime food truck spots in the city, after eight owners lobbied for a review of the city's bylaw.
"I see it as a symbolic gesture," said Natalie Chavarie, the owner of Food Wolf.
She said she didn't want the city to sign new five-year contracts before considering a change to the food truck regulations.
Chavarie and the other members of the Food Truck Association of Nova Scotia want the city to open up more spaces in more neighbourhoods and let them open for breakfast.
They'd also like to be able to share a spot. In the past, food truck operators have bid up to $25,000 to snag a five-year lease.
Chavarie said she's glad the city is taking a step back.
"It shows that HRM is being proactive in saying we don't want to create barriers for us to roll out a new set of guidelines and policies for food trucks to operate under," she said.
"It really gives me hope that the municipality now has its finger on the pulse of the issue."
Mayor Mike Savage said he agrees it doesn't make sense to sign a lease before council has a chance to debate changes to the food truck bylaw.
"I would support anything that makes more recognition of how cities have changed and the role of things like food trucks can play in a modern city. I think we should have a look at it. It makes sense," he said.
"Food trucks seem to be part of the new urbanism. Cities that are doing progressive things have interesting approaches to food trucks including things like healthier options and I think that that makes sense."
Savage said he's anxious to see what staff will recommend in a report expected to come before council before spring.