County Council To Vote Tuesday On Proposed Ordinance To Permit Mobile Food Vending


On Tuesday evening, May 24, the Los Alamos County Council will consider whether to adopt proposed ordinance 02-320, approved unanimously by the Planning and Zoning Commission on April 21. The proposed ordinance was developed by the County’s Community Development Department (CDD) staff to support mobile food vending throughout Los Alamos County. 

CDD officials explain that the Chapter 16 Development Code is silent on mobile food vending provisions in Los Alamos. Therefore, to support the 2016 Comprehensive Plan to diversify the economic base and promote growth in the downtown while enhancing opportunities for local businesses as detailed in the 2022 Strategic Leadership Plan, staff set out to understand how mobile food vending or food trucks fit in the local business environment.

Staff met with the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation on prospective new businesses and researched neighboring communities. In addition, they sought community feedback through a food vending survey conducted in October through November 2021 and requested input from councilors at the February 8, 2022, county council meeting. Based on this feedback, CDD staff drafted ordinance 02-320 to facilitate the ability of mobile food vendors to get a license and operate in Los Alamos with guidelines favorable to brick and mortar food establishments and food trucks.

County officials encourage community members to provide public comment at the remote May 24 council meeting. A copy of the proposed ordinance, agenda and presentation materials are available on the County’s Legistar website. To join the meeting via Zoom, interested individuals can use the following link: Questions may be directed to CDD at (505) 662-8120.