Food trucks could face big changes in Charlotte

Published: Apr. 29, 2014 at 10:04 PM EDT|Updated: May. 29, 2014 at 9:21 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Tonight, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Department will present a set of proposals that could drastically change the way food trucks do business.

The new rules would prevent trucks from operating within 100 feet of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, and prohibit them from working in residential neighborhoods.

Local food truck operators are upset with the proposals, saying they'll put a damper on burgeoning business.

"They're looking at the business model from trucks from five, ten years ago," says Brian Seeley, owner The Herban Legend, renowned for its fried green tomato grilled cheese sandwiches.

"These are chef-driven, gourmet trucks. And we're small businesses, paying taxes," he says. "Just please listen to what our business model is and what we need as far as the laws in Charlotte."

Seeley and other food truck operators say they'll attend tonight's meeting at the Government Center at 6pm.  Representatives from the Institute for Justice and Action NC will also be there to show their support for the food truck industry.

The proposals are, in part, the product of a citizens advisory group.