ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Food trucks may be ready to stock up and head to Robbinsville. On Thursday the Township Council passed five separate ordinances to pave the way for mobile retail food vendors to serve up food in town.
The effort is targeted at bringing a food truck pavilion of up to five vendors to the Foxmoor Shopping Center at the intersection of Route 33 and Washington Blvd. in Robbinsville.
Mobile food vendors that wish to sell cooked or prepared food must be in good standing with the local health department and meet all food preparation safety requirements, according to the ordinances. Ice cream, water ice, or other similar trucks would be explicitly prohibited under the plan.
"Robbinsville Township and the Shoppes at Foxmoor are working hard in collaboration to revitalize the Foxmoor Shopping Plaza," said Councilman Dan Schuberth. "When their leadership team approached us with an outside-the-box idea to invite local food truck vendors to periodically set up shop, we thought this could be a real win for the plaza's tenants and for Robbinsville's residents. Our legislation includes common-sense health and public safety requirements for food truck vendors, and we hope the food trucks entice residents to come and check out the exciting changes happening in the plaza,” concluded Schuberth.
Under the ordinances, food trucks are permitted in areas of town zoned for commercial use. Besides Foxmoor, food trucks could be allowed in the warehouse district areas of the Township.
The proposed ordinances also would amend the rules governing food trucks at special events such as local festivals, parades, concerts, or walkathons. They would not apply to events held in concert with schools or churches.
Responding to questions from the public, council members clarified that food trucks would not be permitted in residential areas. Ice cream or ices trucks, however, will still be allowed to travel in residential neighborhoods throughout Robbinsville. If families wanted to rent a food truck for a house party or similar use, they will need to obtain a special event permit.
These vendors will be required to pay a $25 application fee for the township permit which would cost an additional $100. Permits will expire after a maximum of one year. Permits for such events with six to 24 participating vendors would be $150. The fee will increase to $250 per permit for festivals with 25 to 50 vendors which will be the maximum allowable at any such event.
No official word yet on when the first food truck could roll into Foxmoor.
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