Missouri City commission finalizes food truck ordinance

The Missouri City Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday voted to forward to the City Council for final consideration requests from three applicants looking to build or open businesses, and it also finalized wording of an ordinance that, if approved by the council, would regulate food trucks in the city.

 

Church plan amended

The commission voted to require a building plan for a church at Fifth and Rothwell streets include shrubbery that would serve as a buffer between the building’s parking lot and any adjacent homes.

However, before the vote was taken, the applicant disputed the presence of any neighboring homes, telling commissioners that satellite images do not show any houses.

In response, Planning Manager Jennifer Thomas-Gomez said, “I was there last week. There are houses there.”

The meeting ended with no consensus on whether the homes in question exist.

 

Adult day care plan praised

Commissioners roundly praised a plan for an adult day care center off Hwy. 6 just west of FM 1092.

Gomez told commissioners the site includes an enclosed patio area, which state law requires of such facilities.

“The building was used as a medical supply business,” Gomez said. “And I heard it was also a children’s day care many years ago. It seems very well-placed for this type of use.”

 

Amusement center plan OK'd

The commission ordered no changes to a rezoning request that would allow a developer to build a trampoline entertainment center and a small shopping plaza at the intersection of Hwy. 6 and Trammel Fresno Road.

Aside from the trampoline center, no details were given as to what type of businesses might occupy the rest of the development if it is approved by the council.

 

Food truck ordinance finalized

Commissioners agreed that an ordinance regulating the operation of food trucks, and the locations in which they may operate, is ready to be considered by the City Council.

The city’s fire marshal suggested a number of stipulations be included, such as requiring trucks stay 15 feet from buildings or other trucks, regulating the use of gasoline containers and requiring food truck operators to post no-smoking signs on their vehicles, according to meeting documents.

The regulations being considered also state five places where food trucks may operate:

  • industrial areas;

  • construction sites;

  • special events;

  • parks; and

  • city sponsored events.


 

These locations would be subject to further requirements and permitting as well.

In addition, the rules contain language that would require food trucks stay at least 100 feet from a restaurant.

City officials and staffers met six times over the past year to put together the regulations, according to meeting documents.

The council might vote on the ordinance Oct. 2, according to meeting documents.

 


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