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Plano aldermen to soon consider zoning rules for recreational marijuana

Update follows the city approving 3% retail marijuana sales tax last month

Plano Mayor Bob Hausler talks during an Aug. 26 City Council meeting in the council chambers in Plano.
Plano Mayor Bob Hausler talks during an Aug. 26 City Council meeting in the council chambers in Plano.

PLANO – Plano City Council members soon will be reviewing zoning regulations for businesses related to recreational adult use cannabis.

Plano Mayor Bob Hausler said city zoning officials just issued their recommendations for the proposed zoning ordinance following the city's planning and zoning commission Oct. 7 meeting, but he didn't immediately have the specific recommendations available for reference. He said the zoning districts that would allow dispensaries, cultivation centers and infusaries primarily would be manufacturing districts.

Hausler said it's still unclear whether those types of businesses would be special uses in those districts, meaning allowing every proposed business would be up for City Council discretion, or if they would be permitted uses and wouldn't require City Council approval every time.

“No decision has been made on any of that and all of that is up for discussion,” Hausler said.

The update comes after the city approved an ordinance that would tax recreational cannabis sales for adults 21 years old and older for as much as the state allows during the City Council's Sept. 23 meeting, Hausler said.

The 3% tax is the maximum a municipality can tax under the recently passed state law legalizing the use of recreational marijuana, which goes into effect Jan. 1. Since the city approved such an ordinance by the recommended Oct. 1 deadline from the Illinois Department of Revenue, the city theoretically could start collecting those taxes starting Jan. 1, should that type of business set up shop within city limits.

The 55 medical dispensaries in the state – none of which being in Kendall County – would get first dibs at recreational marijuana licenses. The state would also control the more than 70 issued licenses beyond that for additional adult use cannabis businesses.

Hausler said he anticipates the zoning regulations going before the city's committee of the whole during their Monday, Oct. 14 meeting. He said he anticipates zoning regulations for recreational cannabis businesses going before the City Council for an actual vote during their first November meeting.

"We’re going to make sure, like we have been, to study the issue and look over the facts and make our decision based on the facts," Hausler said. "And I’m confident that our Council will do that."

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