Ruston Planning and Zoning approves three food vendor trucks

By T. Scott Boatright

The Ruston Planning and Zoning Commission approved a pair of applications for final plat approval for consideration by Ruston’s Board of Aldermen while also approving applications for three food vendor trucks on Tuesday during its June monthly meeting.

The first plate approved to move on to the Board of Aldermen is an approximately 1.5-acre lot located on Union Avenue and Jones Street.

Several concerned citizens living in that area attended the meeting to ask what would be built there and were told that Temple Baptist Church plans to build six houses on seven lots with the seventh lot becoming a permanent green space.

“That is an old area that was subdivided years ago and I think it was used as an old trailer park that was there, and we’re just trying to redevelop the area to help the community,” Temple representative Bob Myers said. “The idea is to take those lots and donate them to Habitat for Humanity to build some houses in that community.

“It’s not going to occur overnight. It’ll be a slow process with probably one or two houses a year being built.’

City of Ruston Zoning Administrator Jim Hays said the discussed property was originally divided into nine lots but was being converted to seven bigger lots.

“So instead of nine lots with nine houses, this will have seven lots with eventually what is planned to be six houses with one lot dedicated to green space,” Hays said.

The Planning Commission also approved to be passed on to the Board of Aldermen for consideration an application for final plat approval  for the Peaks of Ruston subdivision — approximately 7.6 acres of property located along Peaks Raj Lane.

“This area is on the north side of West Alabama Avenue west of Maple Street and includes 18 two-family residential lots and over three acres of open space for use by residents,” Hays said. 

In other business, the Zoning Commission approved  applications for conditional use for a Middle East mobile food vending truck and two snowcone mobile food vending trucks.

The Haj’s Kitchen food truck will be located on the west side of the Northgate Mall Parking lot near Mattress Plus and Planet Fitness and proposes operation hours of 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Mondays – Saturdays.

A snow cone vending truck that will be called The Shack will be placed on the northeast side of the parking lot where Bayou Kabota is located at 1905 Farmerville Highway.

And a second snow cone vending truck called The Meltdown will be placed in the triangular space that begins the northward separation of South Vienna and South Trenton Streets. That lot is where carnivals often operate when they come to Ruston.

All three vendor trucks will be given one year for the respective projects to commence and must meet compliance with Ruston’s signage and zoning code.


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