DECATUR — City leaders may reconsider zoning rules that prohibit food trucks from parking in downtown Decatur unless they're serving at an event.
The move comes after a popular new food truck was forced to move its ribbon-cutting event because of the rules. Notorious PIG BBQ and More food truck owners initially planned the event downtown with the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce, but wound up celebrating at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel on Thursday along with two other businesses: The Buzz, a co-op group for business owners, and local publication Neighbors of Decatur.
"We were hoping to have it downtown," said Seth Black, the business's co-owner, "but we are happy with how the event turned out."
The food truck had announced the location change through its Facebook page, citing the city's zoning ordinance and saying the business owners' "hands were tied by the city."
Speaking to the Herald & Review on Thursday afternoon, City Manager Scot Wrighton said council members have discussed changing the current ordinance, which prevents food trucks from parking in specific zones that make up most of the downtown area. The rules prevent food trucks from competing with existing brick-and-mortar businesses.
On Thursday evening, a crowd of supporters enjoyed the food truck's offerings, which include pulled pork, chicken, turkey legs, ribs and a variety of sides. Among those in attendance was Councilman David Horn, who said he looks forward to talking with council members and looking deeper into the rules to potentially make changes.
"Sometimes it takes events like today to realize there be an opportunity to look through the city codes and make adjustments," Horn said.
Chamber President Mirinda Rothrock said despite the location change, the event was a great way to celebrate the new businesses.
"Today we celebrated three businesses that add so much value to the Decatur community," she said, "and that is something to be excited about."