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Auburn City Council redraws lines banning food trucks

Discrepancy between maps addressed
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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After spending more than an hour to sort which zoning boundaries to use for a ban on food trucks from private property, the Auburn City Council settled on a hybrid, drawing new lines and leading Mayor Kevin Hanley to proclaim that it was, “sort of like the Versailles treaty.”

This prolonged food fight ended Monday in a 3-2 vote to ban mobile food vendors from parts of Auburn’s historic districts – and a little bit more. On Oct. 22, the council voted 4-1 to ban food trucks from private property in the Downtown and Old Town design review districts.

However, those maps are different than the actual Downtown and Old Town historic districts.

The discrepancy was big enough that the council reopened discussion on it when it was originally scheduled to be voted on for adoption at a second hearing Monday. Now it must have a second hearing at a future council meeting, further delaying the ban as it will take effect 30 days after it is adopted.

Councilwoman Bridget Powers, the lone dissenter on Oct. 22, voted in favor of the ordinance this time around along with Hanley and Kirby. She said she wanted to reach a compromise.

Councilmen Keith Nesbitt and Mike Holmes voted against the new boundary lines for food trucks, saying they wanted more time to review the maps and draw up a compromise.

Hanley and Holmes said they knew of the differences. Kirby said he knew the maps existed but he hadn’t seen them before casting his vote, which “skewed” his decision at that time.

He said he would have wanted to limit the ban to the historic districts, not the larger design review districts. Those zoning maps encompass more than the historic districts, as they include some peripheral areas.

In the end, the historic district boundary lines for Downtown were extended southwest to include storefronts on Oakwood Drive, where Taco Tree is located, and on High Street between Lincoln Way and Oakwood Drive; as well as northeast to Harrison Avenue, where Pistol Pete’s Brew & Cue is located.

The stretch between Auburn Folsom Road and High Street from College Lane would have been off limits to food trucks if the historic design review district boundaries were used, as would all of the land between College Lane and Oakwood Drive from High Street to Interstate 80.

 

Jon Schultz can be reached at jons@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jon_AJNews