Food truck discussion will continue

The Southern Pines Town Council will continue to explore options regarding where food trucks can park. A decision to extend the discussion was made during the council’s Tuesday, November 10 Regular Business Meeting.

The council next convenes – for a work session – November 23.

Arguments were heard – from both opponents of a wider presence and those desiring more access – during the virtual meeting. Interests against expanding the area where food trucks can be located, and the days they operate, voiced concerns over an alteration of the Central Business (CB) plan.

Dave Crisafulli, representing Hatchet Brewing, has asked for an amendment of the Unified Development Ordinance, so food trucks can be allowed in areas zoned CB that are outside Southern Pines Historic District. Because of positive feedback received from surrounding businesses and residents, Crisafulli has said he doesn’t understand current restrictions. He’s also maintained he doesn’t think a truck from Hatchet Brewing is stealing customers from other businesses.

Hatchet Brewing operates a food truck in its parking lot Saturdays and Sundays.

A specific worry of those opposed was where and when, under an alteration, food trucks could operate.

The town council did not vote on the matter Tuesday.

At the upcoming work session, the council hopes to find a middle ground, of sorts, satisfying all concerned.  

An application for a Conditional Use Permit and a Major Subdivision Preliminary Plat, submitted on behalf of Silver Ridge Holdings, LLC for Camp Easter Cottages, will be considered by the town council November 23. The council may approve, conditionally approve, or deny the application. 

The associated land is approximately 12.87 acres. Lots in the proposed subdivision would be a minimum of 30,000 square feet.

Silver Ridge Holdings, located in Pinehurst, has been incorporated since 2014.

Planning staff will appear before the council November 23 regarding a request to rezone property GB-CD (General Business-Conditional District) so an indoor self-storage building can be developed.  The relevant property, located between US 1 SW Service Road and S Hale Street,  is now zoned  OS (Office/Service).

Longleaf Pines Storage, LLC is the applicant. 

The town council will consider a Plan Consistency Statement on the request at the work session. 

~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Dave Lukow.

Photo of Berri Bowlful Truck via their social media page.


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