PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — The city of Pflugerville is trying something new Monday. They want to see more food trucks setting up shop in town. Last month, the city council was looking to ease restrictions. Now they have, and they hope the change will bring in more business not just for the trucks but also local stores.
Until now, food trucks in Pflugerville could only get permits to operate during special events. And for each special event a vendor wanted to park their truck, they needed to get another permit.
Some food truck owners described it as cumbersome and the city heard their complaints. That’s why the Pflugerville City Council decided to create its first food truck pilot program. The idea is to give food truck vendors a permit that’s good until the end of the year.
“We want to see how food trucks best intermingle in our community and how the community responds to them,” says Emily Barron, planning director for the city of Pflugerville.
Right now, Pflugerville does not have a dedicated food truck park. Barron says it’s allowed but a developer has not stepped forward to say they want to create one. They’re hopeful this new permit process will bring more trucks to town and eventually lead to a dedicated park.
For trucks like Kona Ice that means they can now set up shop outside businesses or offer more school fundraisers since it doesn’t have to be a dedicated special event.
“I really think it was something they hadn’t really thought of yet or it was in the works, so we are definitely really excited about this new program they are coming out with and we’re glad we get to be part of the pilot program as well,” says Sean Lutz, owner of the Kona Ice trucks in Austin.
Lutz hopes to start a program called Cans for Kona, a fundraiser for schools that ultimately stocks local food pantries.
“Our plan is to flood all of the food banks with cans and we’re going to do that through our Kona Day fundraisers through the schools, that’s something we have never been able to do here, beyond the normal fundraising we already do.”
The city invites food trucks and trailers to the Development Services Center offices at 201 B East Pecan St. on Monday, Aug. 13 or 20 to obtain a free permit and health inspection between noon and 3 p.m. to participate in the Pfood Truck Pilot Program and to operate in the Pflugerville city limits for the remainder of 2018.