Food truck ordinance discussed – Iosco County News Herald

OSCODA – A food truck ordinance is being considered by the Oscoda Township Planning Commission, the result of a citizen asking to have one developed.

During a planning commission meeting held on Feb. 5, Vice Chairman Robert Tasior explained such an ordinance would benefit the township and drafted  a “mobile unit food vendor” ordinance. He presented the draft to Lorna Ganci, zoning administrator, Supervisor Aaron Weed and the township attorney for review. The attorney has taken the draft and will develop an ordinance under the direction of the township.

Commissioner Robert Michaelis commented food trucks are a growing concern and questioned if they would infringe on businesses. He said the idea was a good one, yet did not want to have opportunities taken away from local business owners.

Commissioner Bill Palmer, representing the Oscoda Township Board of Trustees, said an objective of the trustees is to have food available at the township’s beach park. Mobile food vendors need a license to do business, along with a permit to do business on township property.

According to the ordinance’s draft, township vending locations would include: designated parking areas at the township beach park and at Huron Sunrise Park and in designated areas at Riverbank Park, Furtaw Field, Oscoda Community Center, the sports complex, Ken Ratliff Memorial Park, Foote Site Park and on township owned parking lots.  

No action was taken and the matter will continue to be discussed by the planning commission.

Additional business conducted during the meeting included:

• Consideration of consolidating the Wurtsmith industrial district with the township’s industrial district in its zoning ordinance, furthering its effort to eliminate separate district containing the same regulations.

Commissioners did not vote on the topic, but its consensus is to maintain sections addressing accessory uses and temporary structures; lot, building and yard

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