Planning Board to Conduct Public Input Meeting on Vendors, Itinerant Merchants, and Special Events

What is being discussed?

On Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m., the Duck Planning Board will conduct a public input meeting to discuss rules for temporary vendors, itinerant merchants, and peddlers.  Examples of these businesses include hot dog carts, food trucks, ice cream trucks, farmers’ markets, and drink stands.  Typically these businesses operate from a cart, kiosk, or truck and do not occupy a permanent location. The Planning Board will also discuss the approval process and requirements pertaining to commercial special events.

As a commercial property owner and/or member of the business community, the Town would like to receive your input on these topics. 


The Town has been operating under regulations that pre-existed incorporation of the Town.  The current ordinance, related to vendors, itinerant merchants, and peddlers, allows these uses under certain conditions.  The Town would like to review these regulations, with input from the community, to gauge the appropriateness of temporary businesses within the Town, and then determine the limits and regulations that should apply to their operation. 

The Town would also like to develop requirements for the approval of commercial special events.  This ordinance review would seek to answer the following questions:

– What constitutes a special event?

– What are the application/approval procedures?

– What activities/uses can occur at a special event?

– How many special events can I have during a calendar year?

How to provide input:

The public input session will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Duck Meeting Hall, 1200 Duck Road.  This will be an informal discussion with the Planning Board designed to answer questions and gather feedback.  If you would like more information or if you want to provide comments but can’t attend the meeting, you can contact Andy Garman, the Town’s Director of Community Development, at (252) 255-1234 or at