- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Mobile food vendors may be able to operate in downtown Fort Smith after a ban was put in place 22 years ago.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1GETep8 ) reports that the Fort Smith Planning Commission looked at a proposed ordinance last week that would allow mobile food vendors on private property, sidewalks and, to a limited extent, public roadsides.

The new ordinance would add the downtown commercial zone to the area where vendors would be allowed to operate, and the length of the permit terms would increase to a year. The permit fee would decrease, and vendors would not be required to relocate when they renew their permits.

A commission vote on the ordinance change is set for April 14 unless the proposal needs more work.

In 1993, the then-Downtown Merchants Association complained about some mobile food vendors in downtown which led to businesses being banned, according to the city’s development director Wally Bailey.

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Information from: Northwest Arkansas Times, https://www.nwaonline.com

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