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County proposes new rules for food trucks

Fairfax County officials are considering new rules governing where and when food trucks can operate.

The proposal came about after police began issuing tickets to food trucks last year at what had become a popular lunchtime spot in Tysons Corner, a situation that arose due to conflicting county laws. The Board of Supervisors then ordered a review of applicable zoning laws.

Truck owners would still not be able to vend while parked on public streets, according to the new propsal, but could sell food at construction sites, shopping centers, office buildings and other privately owned land.

The trucks will need to apply for a $100 zoning permit, a $35 solicitor’s license and a $40 health department license. Truck owners must also demonstrate that they have permission from the property owner to vend at a given location and can only stay in one spot for up to four hours at a time.

The Fairfax County Planning Commission will now review the proposed zoning ordinance and hold a public hearing on it, tentatively scheduled for July 9 at 8:15 p.m.. Following the Planning Commission review and recommendation, the proposed ordinance will go to the Board of Supervisors for a second set of public hearings.

Board approves transportation bond referendum

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to place a $100 million transportation bond referendum on this fall’s ballot. The county must petition the Circuit Court to get the issue on the ballot, although such approvals are generally routine.

If voters approve the bond issue, the county plans to spend the bulk of the funds, $77.5 million, on sidewalks, trails and other pedestrian projects that complete missing links and make it easier to traverse the county on foot.

$6.5 million would be dedicated to bicycle projects, including bike lanes, trails and bicycle parking facilities, and the remaining $16 million would be targeted for spot road improvements that are designed to add capacity and decrease congestion.

Some supervisors expressed concern that too much of the bond package is targeted to pedestrian projects.

The bond represents a small piece of the $1.4 billion in transportation priorities the Board of Supervisors has outlined for the next six years. Support for other transportation projects comes from federal and state funding, the new regional funds provided by the 2013 transportation legislation, and the local commercial and industrial tax for transportation projects, among other sources.

Libertarian joins race for Wolf’s seat

Leesburg resident Bill Redpath announced Thursday that he is entering the race for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, currently held by U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R). Wolf, who has represented the district since 1980, is not seeking re-election this year.

Redpath, the chairman of the Libertarian Party of Virginia, joins Republican nominee Barbara Comstock, Democratic nominee John Foust and Independent Green Dianne Blais on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Redpath is a vice president of advertising company BIA/Kelsey in Chantilly and has a professional background in media and telecommunications.