Archive for Thursday, October 15, 2009

Vendor policy developing

October 15, 2009

After community-based Eudora vendors felt out-of-town vendors were infringing upon their business during this year’s CPA Picnic, the Eudora Planning Commission at last month’s meeting began to discuss regulating roadside vendors.

The commission continued that discussion at an Oct. 7 meeting where it hoped to find a middle ground between allowing free reign for vendors and a policy that would smother the common practice of selling seasonal produce.

Staff engineer Shawn State of planning firm Bucher, Willis and Ratliff researched various policies and reported back to the commission about policy parameters including length of time/frequency; ensuring vendors don’t cause problems for adjacent residential areas; and a permit that distinguishes between local and nonlocal vendors.

Strate advised the commission to avoid making the policy a zoning ordinance, but rather would be included in the city’s temporary use permit fees. Chairman Kurt Von Achen agreed with that sentiment.

Strate also said there were three classes of vendors — those requiring no permit; those who could receive a permit at Eudora City Hall; and those who would have to go before the planning commission and Eudora City Council for approval — that could be determined by length of time/frequency of use, as well as residency.

The commission agreed to have Strate write a draft of a policy and bring it back to the next meeting.

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