After months of back and forth between the City of Tyler, NET Health and food truck operators, the food truck debate is making headway. Next week, NET Health will present an updated version of health regulations for food trucks.
"We have made the necessary changes for food trucks to progress here in our market," said NET Health CEO George Roberts.
Carlo D'Angelo, developer of the soon-to-be food truck park, said the current health regulations are too strict, and has been fighting to get them changed to bring in vendors.
Food trucks in Tyler are required to comply with restaurant code, which he said is an unusual requirement.
Until July, D'Angelo had the only operating food truck in the city. His conditional approval expired and with current regulations, he is unable to get it renewed.
"There was a big desire to see food trucks come to Tyler," D'Angelo said. "We just got Uber. We're really becoming a progressive community here. We're really becoming an ideal place for millennials."
He said a big component of becoming a progressive community involves food trucks.
"They're hugely popular all over the market. And I quickly realized that we're tied to an unworkable structure that basically required to construct a truck just for Tyler," D'Angelo said.
NET Health Spokesperson Terrence Ates said they have been open to making changes from the beginning, but wanted to make sure all parties necessary were involved, including feedback from the community.
A meeting to go over the changes in the health regulations will be Oct. 5 and is open to the public. The meeting will start at 5 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Tyler.