Most of the concerns expressed by the business community in downtown Salt Lake City about street vending have been answered, according to Fred S. Ball, Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce president.
Several weeks ago, when a city representative told the chamber's board of governors about a proposed ordinance allowing a limited number of street venders in the downtown area, some board members voiced opposition and others wanted to know how vendors would be controlled.Allen Johnson, city planning director, visited the board Tuesday and said the ordinance has been adopted by the City Council and the next move is to solicit requests from people who want to sell flowers, balloons or immediately edible food from a cart.
Johnson said that while the ordinance was being considered, officials of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said they didn't want vendors on the sidewalks of the two blocks containing the Salt Lake Temple and the Church Administration Building so those two blocks have been eliminated from the selling area.
He said vendors will be allowed on several streets in the Sugar House area and in the area bounded by Fourth West, Second East, Ninth South and North Temple, with the exclusion of the two above-mentioned blocks.
Vendors also will be allowed in Pioneer Park, Dinwoody Park and Washington Square (the 10-acre block where the City-County Building sits). Only two vendors are allowed per street face on each block, meaning a total of eight can work on a single block, Johnson said.
Stressing that the ordinance allowing street vendors is an experiment, Johnson said the vending locations are subject to review by city officials. He said the only reservation city officials have about the ordinance is that it might be too restrictive to meet concerns expressed by several people.
The street vending ordinance will be enforced by the police, city zoning enforcement people and Central Business District employees. Johnson said vendors can sell one of the above-mentioned items, but not more than one item can be sold from the same cart.
Food carts must be 100 feet from the nearest restaurant or food outlet, the carts must be 10 feet from intersections and five feet from doors to prevent congestion. The annual fee is $285 for each cart and applications will be accepted from March 15 until April 1.
When the application period is over, there will be a chance drawing and the winners can pick the site they want. No person will be allowed to have the same site for more than two years, Johnson said.
When not in use, the carts must be off the streets and stored in areas arranged for by the vendor.