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Mobile Food Vending

Draft Ordinance

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved an application presented by the Los Alamos County Community Development Department to amend Chapter 16 text that would support mobile food vending throughout Los Alamos County at the April 21, 2022, 5:30 p.m. public hearing.  (Watch the April 21, 2022 Planning and Zoning public hearing Zoom recording.  The hearing begins at 3:47.)  

CDD staff will introduce proposed ordinance 02-320 to the County Council at the May 3, 2022 Council meeting. A subsequent public hearing will be held on May 24, 2022 for the council to consider its adoption. The May 24 Council meeting is remote.  To join via Zoom, use the following link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87145977840.

Why it is proposed: 

Chapter 16 Development Code is silent on mobile food vending provisions in Los Alamos. Therefore, to support the 2016 Comprehensive Plan to diversify the economic base and promote growth in the downtown, while enhancing opportunities for local businesses as detailed in the 2022 Strategic Leadership Plan, staff set out to understand how mobile food vending or food trucks fit in the local business environment.  

Community Feedback:

Staff met with the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation on prospective new businesses, researched neighboring communities, sought community feedback through a food vending survey conducted in October through November 2021, and requested input from councilors at the February 8, 2022, County council meeting.

What resulted is a draft ordinance that CDD staff indicates will facilitate the ability for mobile food vendors to get a license and operate in Los Alamos with guidelines that are favorable to brick and mortar food establishments and food trucks.

Questions:  Call CDD at (505) 662-8120 with questions. 

Updated: 2022-05-23