I agree wholeheartedly. This is a great post.
I’ll be opening a breakfast/lunch food trailer operation. Hot dogs will be an item I’m going to sell. I’ll be working in one location on weekdays, and it’s on private property. I’m in VA, so, odds are, I won’t be competing with any of you. 🙂
Anyway, I went on a nice go-round with the Zoning people in my county. First, I had a guy tell me no problem, but I was referred on to a higher up in another division within Zoning. This guy (turned out to be a group as he conferred with about 10 other people) told me the trailer would have to be tied to a foundation, or I would need to move it every night. Now, where am I going wrong here? Strapping a trailer to a raised slab completely immobilizes it. Waste water and such needs to be dumped, and the unit needs to be cleaned. It would be nice just to have the option to leave the trailer in the spot overnight here and there for convenience. They got into other nonsense, like landscape buffering, etc.
Then, I discovered that my county Health Dept has a Mobile Food Coordinator. I didn’t know that such position existed. It’s a good thing for certain. He told me that Zoning has no say in what I do on private property, especially when it’s zoned C1. I’m trying to get this in writing.
Who would you believe?