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ANC Debates Food Trucks

Discussion of new food truck regulations monopolized the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E’smonthly meeting Monday night.

The commission voted to send a letter to the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs requesting an 18-month pilot program for food trucks in the neighborhood and a ban on trucks’ ability to park in residential permit areas.

The general sentiment expressed toward DCRA’s regulations, which would allow most food trucks to park in legal parking spots so long as they pay the meter, was negative.

“We are going to take another shot at this and solicit some more opinions from the community and some businesses who do not like those regulations,” ANC2E Chair Ron Lewis said.

Andrew Kline, a representative for the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, said the association is hesitant to support the vending trucks.

“As the trucks increase, they’re going to need more places to go, and I don’t think there’s any doubt that they will expand to other areas, which could be a good thing, but we see the other side of it,” he said.

No representatives of DCRA or the D.C. Food Trucks Association appeared at the meeting to defend the regulations.

Commissioners Lewis, Tom Birch and Jake Sticka (COL ’13) — who represents the district containing the university — voiced support for a possible pilot program, though Birch insisted that ANC2E request the enforcement of strict trash control in its letter.

While food truck discussion dominated the meeting, Lewis also briefly acknowledged the D.C. Zoning Commission’s decision to delay its ruling on Georgetown’s 2010 Campus Plan and stressed that the ANC will remain actively involved in the ongoing proceedings.

“We will participate actively and the university will of course participate actively and input from the community is of course welcomed,” Lewis said.

Commissioner Ed Solomon also gave an update on the rehabilitation of O and P Streets. Solomon said that while construction on the western part of the 3300 and 3400 blocks of P Street has been completed, residents of O Street can expect more construction in the coming months.

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