Friday, May 17, 2013
City officials expect to reach out to the business community and the Chamber of Commerce for more feedback about how to regulate food trucks in Creve Coeur.
The old adage about real estate--"location, location, location"--may be a key factor in the city of Creve Coeur's consideration over how to regulate food truck operators. Food trucks came up in discussion during Monday's city council meeting and Thursday's meeting of the Economic Development Commission. EDC member Glenn Wilen wondered if there was a way to limit them to areas possibly near office parks, or to limit operators to offshoots of existing brick and mortar businesses. The latter sentiment was suggested Monday by Imo's owner Steve Noles at City Council, given the amount of investment those brick and mortar businesses have made in meeting other city regulations. City officials have noted in the past that areas surrounding the …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Creve Coeur's City Council meets Monday night at 7:30 p.m. after an extended work session on budget issues.
The conversation which began last week at the city of Creve Coeur's Planning and Zoning Commission about food truck regulation will continue Monday night at City Council. A theme emerging out of last week's meeting was that the city really doesn't know how less restricted allowance of food trucks would impact brick and mortar restaurants outside of the fact that some existing restaurants have stepped forward with concerns. The subject is on the council agenda for discussion, but no formal vote on policy. Council members will also consider a three year contract extension for the police department's School Resource Officer program. The officer will split time between Bellerive Elementary School and Parkway Northeast Middle School.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
One member of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission suggested a temporary ordinance that would show just how food trucks would impact Creve Coeur.
The arguments for and against food trucks have been fairly well-laid out in the St. Louis area in recent years. They're popular and trendy, but will they hurt brick and mortar businesses, or get away without paying sales tax? The debate has crept into Creve Coeur in the last year, and Monday, city leaders conceded that they don't know enough about how those assumptions would actually play out here. Food trucks are allowed in Creve Coeur as a conditional use which would have to be permitted, or as a catering outlet. To date, the city has not issued any permits for them. Debbie Blanchard, of CenterCo Office Suites, told the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday that she questioned the idea of paying a $200 permit for a truck selling food at…
Monday, May 6, 2013
The Creve Coeur Planning and Zoning Commission meets Monday at 7 p.m.
The city of Creve Coeur is getting ready for a discussion about how best to handle the use and regulation of food trucks. While city officials have pointed to concerns about not wanting to undercut brick and mortar restaurants in the city, food trucks have been present in Creve Coeur in recent years. Read: Food Trucks: A Fair Fight In Creve Coeur? Some businesses have been critical of the city's approach thus far in allowing some areas like CityPlace to bring them in to cater to employees, while denying others, like CenterCo Office Suites, which sought to use them as a draw to bring traffic to the building. In a memo prepared for Monday's Creve Coeur Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Theresa Bradshaw, Public Information Officer and …
Monday, December 3, 2012
We're sharing the top 10 stories originally posted on Creve Coeur Patch during the month of November.
Pardon us for being in a bit of a reflective mood as we start the month of December. Creve Coeur Patch readers had a wide pallete when it came to what they clicked on over the past month. Here's a look at our Top 10 stories which were originally published in the month of November*: Election 2012 Missouri News, Results: Dems Roll—Obama Wins Presidency, Nixon and McCaskill Also Win AMC's West Olive Theatre in Creve Coeur Ready For Dining Debut Sneak Peek at Nearby Walmart Black Friday Deals Missouri Tobacco Tax, Judicial Ballot Questions Fail At The Polls See Our 'Doing the Most Good' Volunteer Nominees for the Region De Smet Blitzes CBC, Earns State Semifinal Football Slot Graphic Detail Emerges In Berger Sexual Misconduct Case…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
They aren't allowed in the city under city codes, but that hasn't kept them out of the area.
It appears Creve Coeur could be among the next municipalities in the St. Louis region to tackle the thorny issue of food trucks. They appear to be popular with customers and event organizers, but where and when they can show up in Creve Coeur is up for some debate. At an informal sit down with Mayor Barry Glantz and other city officials November 1, representatives from CenterCo Office Suites asked for a clarification after they said they were told the trucks were not allowed after having had them in the building's parking lot on a few occassions. City Administrator Mark Perkins said he was concerned about the impact food trucks would have on local businesses, especially on the city's restaurant base, and also voiced questions about making …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Regulators have discussed bans on them for "cannibalizing" local businesses. But is that anti-competitive?
It's happened most recently in Maplewood, where city leaders have discussed possible restrictions on where food trucks can operate — or even if they can operate in the city at all. Council members have said the trucks could cannibalize the existing brick-and-mortar businesses in the area. The city hasn't yet made a decision on the issue. Eureka bans the practice, which also came to light again several months ago when a Chesterfield cupcake maker tried to operate in the area and generated Facebook buzz when it didn't happen. The Show-Me Institute has campaigned in its writings against the bans on food trucks, which it says are anti-competitive. In a recent post on the Maplewood situation, the authors said a move to ban food trucks would "…