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North Van district’s food truck pilot off to slow start

Municipal staff are working with the first three applicants this week to work out details like locations, dates and times

The first, and only, three applicants to the District of North Vancouver’s food truck pilot have been approved.

Takenaka Japan Kitchen and Buddha-full food trucks, as well as Legends Haul Mobile ice cream and popsicle electric bike and hot dog stand have been given the green light from municipal staff.

According to a spokesperson, staff are working with applicants this week on details such as locations, dates and times for food truck operations.

The original application deadline of last Friday (June 17) has now been extended until the end of the pilot, on Oct. 30.

While mobile eateries weren’t outlawed previously, they weren’t allowed on public land without special permits, which officials considered overly onerous.

Coun. Jordan Back tabled a motion in April for staff to look into what policies needed to change to allow for more food trucks.

He was hoping for more applications, but said this was just the initial outreach and expects more uptake as the pilot moves along.

“This program is all about learning how food trucks can work in our community, including which areas they will work best in, and how they can help fill a need that is not being met,” he said.

“I wish the best of success to our first applicants, and I look forward to supporting them over the summer season.”

The City of North Vancouver recently launched a similar food truck pilot.

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