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Food: How Transit is Improving Choices by Veletta Lill


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How does transit affect one of our most basic needs -- food? Access to quality, fresh produce or just basic groceries is an important function of transit. So is enriching the experience of public gathering spaces. Learn how communities in Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix are using transit as a tool to respond to food deserts and improve access to quality groceries. Whether it's active transport, a food bus, or regulations that allow communities to promote food choices, hear how these cities are leading the way.

Moderator: James Cromar, AICP, Director of Planning, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Adelee Le Grand, AICP, Associate Vice President, AECOM, Atlanta, Georgia
Veletta Lill, Former Executive Director, Dallas Arts District, Dallas, Texas
Donald Keuth, President, Phoenix Community Alliance, Phoenix, Arizona

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Food: How Transit is Improving Choices by Veletta Lill

  3. 3. THE GENESIS OF FOOD TRUCKS! • Chuckwagons • Mobile Canteens • Ice Cream Trucks • Roach Coaches • First Taco Truck • Organizational Structure
  4. 4. FOOD TRUCKS & SUSTAINABILITY • Vibrancy • Walkability • Encourage entrepreneurs • Promote diversity • Density
  5. 5. INTO THE POOL •  Dallas City Code •  3 volumes, 46 chapters, and more than 1300 pages •  Relevancy - Zoning & Food Safety •
  6. 6. Case Study: Hot Food Trucks • Applicable codes • Food establishment ordinance and regulations • Promote safety in food handling and preparation • Land use regulations • Restrict allowed uses in various types of zoning
  7. 7. How Dallas City Government Works •  Need or request •  Policy Consideration •  Analysis & Draft Changes •  Adoption •  Implementation
  8. 8. Organizational Structure 2 Dallas City Council City Manager City Auditor Judiciary City Secretary City Attorney Assistant City Manager Sanitation Services Dallas Water Utilities Equipment & Buildings Street Services Assistant City Manager Convention & Events Services Economic Development Housing & Community Services Sustainable Development & Construction Assistant City Manager Trinity Watershed Mgmt. Public Works Communication & Information 1st Assistant City Manager Court & Detention Police Fire-Rescue Aviation Transportation & Environment Trinity River Corridor Project Public Safety Quality of Life Arts, Culture & Library Economic Development Housing Council Committees City Departments Chief Financial Officer Financial Services Business Development & Procurement City Controller Business, Finance & Audit Management Services Mayor & Council Office Human Resources Risk Management Civil Service Assistant City Manager Code Compliance Cultural Affairs Library Park & Recreation
  9. 9. CASE STUDY: HOT FOOD TRUCKS • Specific restrictions on hot trucks prior to 2011 •  Not allowed in Downtown Dallas and largely restricted to industrial areas •  Required to provide monthly itineraries for all stops and prohibited from staying in one location for more than 1 hour •  Only vehicles designed for use as hot trucks allowed (no retrofits) •  Preparation of raw, potentially hazardous foods was prohibited •  Vending from city streets prohibited 8
  10. 10. Case Study: Hot Food Trucks • Following analysis and discussion between city staff and interested vendors, as well as consideration by City Council committees: •  In April 2011, Council updated zoning allowing the operation of hot trucks in the Arts District •  In June 2011, Council approved changes to the City Code to allow more flexibility in the scheduling and placement of hot trucks •  In November 2011, Council adopted changes to allow retrofitted hot trucks and variances to allow the preparation and sale of potentially hazardous foods 9
  11. 11. Case Study: Hot Food Trucks •  Although vending from city streets is still prohibited, the Dallas Arts District has enjoyed food trucks because the AT&T Performing Arts Center and Klyde Warren Park have the authority to manage all concessions on the grounds and facilities assigned to it under contract with the City of Dallas •  In 2012 Dallas also changed its Vending Ordinances to allow push cart vendors on the transit mall to be managed/controlled by Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  12. 12. BE THOUGHTFUL •  Density •  Scale •  Amenities •  Management •  Diversity •  Predictability
  13. 13. Questions