Longview to consider adding drive-thru and downtown food trucks on June 9 | Government and politics

Longview City Council voted on Thursday to set a public hearing for June 9 on proposed zoning changes in the downtown area.

Among the changes proposed by city planner Adam Trimble and the planning commission are relaxing the process for food trucks to operate downtown, allowing drive-through or walk-in pick-up windows and outdoor entertainment venues, and moving membership clubs from Commerce Avenue to the neighbor. streets.

The proposed code includes a stricter definition of what a restaurant is, which Trimble says addresses some of the concerns business owners shared with the board in January over a rumored restaurant opening. soup kitchen on Commerce. The new definition states that a restaurant must have a fixed menu and charge for the food it offers.

The code would slightly expand new housing developments downtown. A proposed change would allow mixed-use housing developments comprising accommodation on up to 50% of the ground floor, in addition to upper floors where currently permitted.

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At the same meeting as the public hearing, city council could vote to end the downtown moratorium that was enacted in January and approve the list of changes.

David H. Henry