tag: North Carolina Land Use Litigator: Town of Chapel Hill Vets the Issue of Food Trucks

Friday, March 4, 2011, 4:22 PM

Town of Chapel Hill Vets the Issue of Food Trucks

When I was practicing in New York, my law firm's office -- which sat across the street from Rockefeller Center and within a short walk (even by New York standards) of popular restaurants like Ben Benson's Steakhouse, 21 Club, Bar Americain, Rue 57, and BLT Steak -- probably sent more of a lunch crowd to food trucks than to brick and mortar buildings. Halal meats, hot dogs, fresh juices, gyros, and even German food fell off the back of rolling lunch counters.

This issue remains hot in the progressive, culturally diverse and increasingly bustling Triangle of North Carolina. We've posted in the past here and here on food trucks, permits, and food truck permits (that last one is for the "word cloud").

It seems Chapel Hill is taking some very serious steps on the food truck topic. The challenge, as always, is balancing what the people want (choice) with what local businesses need (standards and predictability). Is there a happy balance? We don't know. But one of our favorite local papers -- The Independent Weekly -- gives us a very good roundup of where the issue rests in Chapel Hill and where it may go in Raleigh.

Mike Thelen is a lawyer in Womble Carlyle's Real Estate Litigation practice group. He regularly represents a wide variety of clients in land use and land development issues, from local governments to businesses, in both state and federal venues throughout North Carolina.

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