Date night? Tuesday night at the TC’s Planning Commission
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Tonight on Traverse City’s Planning Commission’s agenda (TC):
- consideration of the TBA credit Union conditionally rezone request (MW),
- a request for an extension of a previously approved conditional rezoning agreement (Ticker),
- consideration to go to public hearing regarding the allowance of accessory dwelling units (a.k.a. ADUs, Granny Flats) in Traverse Heights (RE), and,
- a planning commission weigh-in on the food trucks issue in town. If there is a recommendation, it will be shared with the DDA at their special meeting on Feb. 12. (more on the subject: here, here, here, here, here, and here.)
On the latter, my position has been clear since the hullabaloo broke out last summer. Street vending is good for a city. Among other benefits, it increases walk appeal, fosters social encounters, provides a diversity of consumer options, and attracts more people to spend more time in certain locations. As has been said repeatedly over the last 6-9 months, street vending done well doesn’t hurt the brick and mortar businesses, it improves them.
The Seven-Myths and Realities of Food Trucks (IJ) is just one example of the prevailing literature. –>
Related from Ann Arbor (AA), a story of two entrepreneurs who started as caterers, then became owners of a food cart, and now just opened their first restaurant. In part, because Ann Arbor has figured out a means to promote small businesses. And, why not? It’s all about community.
Building a community through food has always been our motivation.”
~ Joel Panozzo, owner of The Lunch Room
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