A public hearing regarding an ordinance pertaining to the operation of mobile food vendor courts in the city limits of Arkadelphia is expected to be the highlight of Thursday's Arkadelphia Planning Commission's meeting.

A public hearing regarding an ordinance pertaining to the operation of mobile food vendor courts in the city limits of Arkadelphia is expected to be the highlight of Thursday's Arkadelphia Planning Commission's meeting.
Members of the planning commission and the Arkadelphia City Board of Directors have discussed the subject of mobile food vendors for many months.
The city board deferred the matter back to the planning commission for review. The planning commission has spent several months reviewing and revising the proposed ordinance.
According to the proposed ordinance, mobile food vendor courts can only be located in the designated areas of C1, C2, C3 or CBRD. The CBRD covers the downtown area. A minimum of two spaces must be provided and the parking and loading areas must be paved. The number of vendors in one location will be decided by the Arkadelphia Planning Commission.
The ordinance also states that electrical access is required for each mobile food vendor unit.
While the Arkansas Department of Health requires items such as permanently mounted water and wastewater tanks, the City of Arkadelphia does not have water and sewer requirements in this proposal because Arkansas Department of Health approval is required for City of Arkadelphia approval.
In order to be approved for a mobile food court site, land owners must call or meet with Arkadelphia Building Department Supervisor Anita Wiley to discuss site plan development and other requirements.
The Arkadelphia Planning Commission will then review the land owner’s plan before granting approval.
Should the planning commission approve the proposed ordinance, it will then be forwarded back to the city board of directors for approval.
Arkadelphia City Manager Jimmy Bolt described the measure as a "compromise" among the vendors, supporters and the business community.
"The City of Arkadelphia must be open to entrepreneurs while continuing to support the retention and expansion of the businesses who have chosen to invest in Arkadelphia," said Bolt.
Other items to come before the planning commission:
• The commission will consider Bryan DeBusk's request to place signage at 716 Clinton St. in the Central Business Redevelopment District.
• A request by Ferrell Gas to operate a propane facility in an R-3/C-2 zoning district at 901Carpenter St. will be considered.
Thursday's meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the boardroom of Arkadelphia Town Hall.