CAMDEN, N.J. — Camden is welcoming food trucks into the city after City Council passed an ordinance last week to regulate the permitting process.
The ordinance gives the city’s Department of Code Enforcement the power to grant up to seven permits in one time frame for food trucks to serve in certain designated areas, including Camden’s waterfront and the business district.READ MORE: Philadelphia School District Students, Staff To Resume Masking As COVID Cases Continue To Rise In City
The ordinance prohibits food trucks from setting up within 200 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant.
Roy Villaneuva, the owner of Latin Bites, is excited to have another city to operate his food truck.READ MORE: West Philly Double Shooting Leaves 30-Year-Old Man Dead, Teen Hospitalized: Police
“This year is going to be great,” Villaneuva said. “It’s going to be great for all of us.”
Roy Villanueva loves to hit the road sharing his family’s recipes all over New Jersey. His Latin Bites food truck now has a new place to go: Camden. At 5:30 @CBSPhilly, how the city’s new food truck ordinance could be a model for other NJ cities. 📸@storyrd pic.twitter.com/Iq0T1XL668
— Brandon Goldner (@GoldnerTV) April 18, 2022
Jon Hepner, the founder of the New Jersey Food Truck Association, and a food truck owner himself, praised the city council’s decision and the thorough details outlined in the new ordinance.
“Most townships are receptive to it,” Hepner said. “They just don’t know how to put the regulations into effect.”MORE NEWS: Police Investigating Series Of Gunpoint Robberies In Center City, West Philadelphia
It’s why he’s lobbying legislators to enact a statewide food truck law, which, Hepner said, “would standardize the health permits, the fire permits, the parking permits,” and other regulations for food trucks.