CLAYTON — Changes to Clayton ordinances will make it possible for food trucks to operate in town and easier for businesses to display items outside their stores.
The town council last week unanimously approved text amendments to two ordinances.
The first allows food trucks in Clayton as long as they obtain a permit from the town and pass a county food-safety inspection.
Also under the rules:
• Food trucks cannot operate between midnight and 7 a.m.
• Trucks will have to park at least 400 feet away from the entrance to a brick-and-mortar restaurant unless the restaurant does not object.
• Food trucks open after dark will have to provide lighting.
• Trucks cannot operate as a drive-thru.
• Trucks can have no signage other than what’s on the vehicle, plus an easel sign of no more than 12 square feet. That easel will have to be within the customer waiting area.
The trucks must also have permission from adjacent property owners.
Also last week, the council also approved amendments to the ordinance that governs outdoor storage and display. The changes will make it easier for businesses to display goods and sales signs on their property.
In Clayton, Hudson’s Hardware has plants for sale outside the store. They’re legal because Hudson’s had outdoor sales before Clayton adopted new regulations in 2006. Those regulations limited outdoor storage.
The change approved last week distinguishes between outdoor items that are for sale and those that are simply being stored outside. In short, it allows the sale of cars, garden supplies, building supplies, plants and other times commonly sold outdoors.
“The intent of the (ordinance was) to screen undesirable or, for lack of a better term, ‘ugly’ outdoor storage areas,” said town planner Dave DeYoung. It wasn’t meant to prevent businesses from selling things outside.
Finally last week, the council approved Ashcroft, a subdivision on North O’Neil Street next to the Sam’s Branch Greenway trailhead. The plans call for 104 single-family homes and 46 townhomes.
“We have been waiting for this project to come to fruition since the mid 2000s,” said DeYoung. The economic downturn all but killed the project.
The developer, Johnston Land Group, has been allowing the town to use a portion of its land for parking for the greenway, and the town is negotiating to purchase about five acres.
Now, the town leases about one acre for the Sam’s Branch trailhead. In the future, it hopes to purchase the front 5.46 acres for expanded parking and other amenities, perhaps a picnic pavilion or playground.
“It could be an area for people to park and picnic,” DeYoung said.