The District has always lived with the reality that Virginia could well steal away its business and residents. In recent debates over tax policy, local legislators have admitted that when it comes to everything from capital gains taxes to ease of setting up a business, D.C. lags behind its southern neighbor. Well, those advantages may now encourage the city’s food trucks to head straight across the Potomac.

Clarendon-Courthouse-Rosslyn Patch reports that Arlington County is working on new regulations that would make it easier for food trucks to operate, unlike a proposed set of D.C. regulations that food truck owners say would push them out of the most profitable parts of the city:

If proposed new regulations for food vendors in Arlington County take effect, starting a food truck in the county could be easier. The changes to the county’s code relating to food trucks would extend the amount of time vendors can stay in one place from one hour to two and will allow for more flexibility where vendors can set up.

The county is hosting a public hearing April 20 to discuss the proposed changes to make the county more food truck friendly.

If passed, Arlington could be the most headache-free option for rolling out a food truck in the DC-metro area.

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