Potential food truck owners will likely be shown the stop sign until the spring as the city puts a halt to new applications for the remainder of the pilot project.
Since food trucks launched nearly one year ago, the number of trucks has grown from 10 in the first two phases, to now 34, with 10 more applications filed. It was estimated 30 would take part in the pilot project.
“The pilot is going really well,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi, whose office spearheaded the program. “What we have learned, however, is that there’s been so much demand for this that it’s shown, as we knew it would, a few of the growing pains of the program.”
Nenshi issued a memo to those in the industry notifying them of the cap — something James Boettcher of YYCFoodTrucks said he supports.
“There’s more people and a little less space to operate on the street,” said Boettcher. “As much as we didn’t want to restrict it…right now we’re getting problems with infractions.”
Ryan Wright of the recently launched Avatara food truck said he hopes this bump in the road doesn’t hinder plans to launch more Avatara trucks in the future.
“We’re definitely glad we made it under the wire,” he said.
Phase four of the pilot project ends March 31, and will be evaluated by council at that point.