MH to revise food truck bylaw
By Chad Ingram
Minden Hills council has given instructions to bylaw staff to revise a township bylaw regulating food trucks.
In April, councillors had a visit from Terri Mathews, owner of Boshkung Brewing Co., Carnarvon’s Rhubarb restaurant and Minden’s Boshkung Social, who requested they change a 17-year-old bylaw dictating that any business owner wishing to locate a food truck on their property obtain permission from any owner of another food establishment within 1,000 feet. During the April meeting, Mathews called the bylaw “out of whack,” and Mayor Brent Devolin said he was unsure what the rationale had been behind the creation of the bylaw by the council of the day.
“It is believed that the rationale for the 1,000-foot requirement is that if an existing restaurant was already established, and a refreshment vehicle was set up in close proximity, the refreshment vehicle may have an advantage with regard to setup and overhead costs, property taxes, etc.,” read a staff report from chief building official Colin McKnight, which council received during a May 9 meeting.
During that meeting, council instructed McKnight to reduce that 1,000-foot setback to 100 feet, and the revised bylaw is set to be passed by council during a meeting at the end of the month.