Lexington works to set rules for food trucks

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) They seem to pop up everywhere these days: food trucks.

Except, that is, in Lexington. Where it turns out no one had thought about it. Until Collin Donnelly started one.

“We formed the business last July,” says the owner of LexMex Tacos, serving up tacos with a fusion Mexican-Asian flavor.

“It’s just good food, really," he says. "We take various elements, we put them together in a way that makes sense, that tastes good, and we just go from there.”

And that’s when he ran into trouble.

“I assumed incorrectly that there were already some rules to follow," Donnelly explains. "And I had a hard time finding those rules. And the reason was that they don’t actually exist.”

“It’s one of those things that the code that we’re updating – the zoning code – is over 40 years old,” says Lexington City Councilman Patrick Rhamey.

That's before food trucks had become a Thing. So now the city is working on some rules, like “Where can you set up, how long can you set up, and those types of thing,” says Rhamey.

And everyone expects there to be a positive reception when they vote in a few weeks.

“It makes downtown more friendly, more interesting," Rhamey explains. "But it also gets people downtown who are going to step into shops, who are then going to see a brick and mortar restaurant, and check out the menu, and maybe come back for dinner. And so everybody is kind of benefiting from this.”

“Everybody that I’ve talked to has been really positive about the whole thing," Connelly:says. "They can’t for us to get on the road.”