West Tisbury wants clear rules on how and the place meals vans will be allowed, Metropolis Legal professional Ron Rappaport stated at a joint choose board, planning board and zoning appeals board assembly Wednesday.
A change in zoning statutes, which requires voter approval, would take many months to finish. However, Rappaport stated, the choose board can write its personal rules now to control the rising cellular meals cart phenomenon whereas it really works on constitution change.
“I like to recommend that you just do. West Tisbury appears to be the hub of meals vans proper now,” stated Mr. Rappaport, who joined the net assembly to advise the three boards on meals vans and different retail in rural, residential and agricultural of town.
“There’s a clear want for regulation within the metropolis,” he stated. “Visitors guidelines must be there for everybody to see.”
And the requests preserve coming in: Metropolis Supervisor Jennifer Rand stated she had simply acquired discover that a long-running Monday occasion, which she didn’t title, held at Grange Corridor now desires so as to add a truck. of meals.
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“I actually do not know what to do with it,” Ms Rand stated of the most recent request.
Zoning Officer Joe Tierney denied three earlier requests for meals vans in West Tisbury primarily based on current metropolis constitution.
All three candidates appealed to the zoning board of appeals, which overturned Mr. Tierney’s choices and eradicated the enchantment charges, although he acknowledged that metropolis statutes don’t apply simply to meals vans.
The dearth of clear municipal steering has put Tierney in an untenable place, Rappaport stated Wednesday.
“To be truthful to Joe, he must preserve calling it what he sees it. . . till the rules are adopted,” he stated.
Mr. Rappaport really helpful that the planning board start work on updating the zoning bylaws to mirror the existence of cellular eating places and codify the places, and frequency, of their occurrences.
“It’s crying out for the planning board to do one thing to control and outline meals vans and the place they’re allowed. . . and the place is the tipping level, what number of occasions can happen,” she stated.
“The place that tipping level is true now’s undefined and it is a matter of interpretation,” Rappaport stated, including that he has full confidence the board can deal with the job.
“I actually suppose the planning board is as much as the duty. They did a superb job on the massive home constitution,” she stated.
Because the planning board works to carry an up to date statute to voters, Mr. Rappaport really helpful that the choose board develop its personal rules within the interim to offer readability for each candidates and metropolis officers.
“You might have powers below [state law] to control road distributors and distributors, which would come with meals vans,” he stated.
Different Massachusetts cities, together with Wellfleet and Tisbury, have already developed guidelines that West Tisbury can use as a mannequin, Rappaport stated.
“You do not have to invent the wheel,” he stated. “These are excellent rules.”
Each boards agreed to additional elaborate on Mr. Rappaport’s suggestions at their upcoming public conferences.
Additionally Wednesday, the choose board licensed a $14,000 switch of reserve funds to the freeway division, to offset funds to outdoors contractors throughout cleanup after final October’s extreme storm, and signed a three-year memorandum of settlement with Martha’s Winery Airport. for the providers of West Tisbury Police personnel.