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RFD- 4092 Bylaws   Item #   10. g.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda   
Meeting Date: 12/14/2020  
Title:    C-1135-20 - Business Licence Bylaw Amendment - Mobile Vending - First Reading - Towle
Department: Planning & Infrastructure  
Strategic Vision Element: Where People Choose to Grow a Business - A strong, diversified regional business centre Related Goal: Spruce Grove has a business environment that attracts new businesses to the city, encourages and supports new business start-ups, and helps ensure existing businesses are competitive, successful and profitable.

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Request for Decision Summary
Bylaw C-1135-20 - Business Licence Bylaw Amendment - Mobile Vending is part of the revised mobile vending strategy for the City, and is being brought forward for Council's consideration. This bylaw will amend Business Licence Bylaw  C-975-16 to include a mobile vending business licence type. 

Proposed Motion
That first reading be given to Bylaw C-1135-20 Business Licence Bylaw Amendment - Mobile Vending.
Background/Analysis
Planning and Development has worked with Enforcement Services and Recreation Services to evaluate regulatory and enforcement options regarding food trucks and other mobile vendors. Through evaluation of our existing bylaws and practices in other municipalities, a strategy has been developed to make approvals for these uses easier and to address a variety of identified issues and concerns from both internal and external clients.

Every business operating within the City of Spruce Grove requires a business licence. Mobile Vending businesses can be of a seasonal nature with some vendors choosing only to operate for a few months of the year. With this amendment, and an associated amendment to the Development Fees and Fines Bylaw, the City is acknowledging this seasonal nature and can now offer choices in the duration of a Mobile Vending business licence.

Clarity is also being added to the Business Licence Bylaw by identifying that failing to comply with any conditions of a Business Licence may cause the business licence to be deemed invalid.
Options/Alternatives
This bylaw is being brought forward for first reading. Discussion and consideration of changes to the Bylaw may be made at second reading. Alternatively, Council may defeat the motion for first reading and choose to defeat this bylaw. 

If Council does not approve Bylaw C-1133-20 Land Use Bylaw Amendment - Mobile Vending, then bylaw C-1135-20 Business Licence Bylaw Amendment - Mobile Vending would not be required.
Consultation/Engagement
Planning and Development worked with Enforcement Services and Recreation Services to evaluate options regarding food trucks and other mobile vendors. Through review of existing bylaws and practices in other municipalities, a strategy has been drafted to address the following:
  • Clarity regarding mobile vending regulations on private property;
  • Enforceability - Enforcement needs to be able to enforce if needed;
  • Approvals need to be prompt;
  • Safety standards need to be satisfied;
  • Policy for use of public land; and,
  • Policy for use of road right-of-way.
Implementation/Communication
Subsequent readings of the proposed bylaw will be presented concurrently with the other bylaws associated with the mobile vending strategy, Bylaw C-1133-20 - Land Use Bylaw Amendment - Mobile Vending and Bylaw C-1134-20 Development Fees and Fines Bylaw. 

Following the approval of all three bylaws associated with the mobile vending strategy, a communication guide will be created by Planning and Development that will outline the process for mobile vending approval and the regulations that apply.
Impacts
Approval of Bylaw C-1135-20 will establish a new business licence type, Mobile Vending, and makes provision for the introduction of an additional enforcement tool through the Business Licence Bylaw.
Attachments
C-1135-20 First Reading
Business Licence Bylaw - Redline

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