DANVILLE – Danville Senior Planner Tyson Terhune talked to the city council’s Public Works Committee Tuesday night about zoning requirements the city can put in place for the sale of adult-use or recreational cannabis that will be allowed in Illinois starting Jan. 1.
The city council at its 6 p.m. Sept. 17 meeting is expected to decide whether the city will allow the sale of recreational cannabis, also known as marijuana.
Terhune suggested the city expand on its medical cannabis ordinance approved in 2014. Medical cannabis dispensaries, of which there are none in Danville, are allowed in B-3 general business zoning and also with a special-use permit in B-2 highway business zoning. Cultivation centers can locate in agriculture or in I-2 general industrial zoning.
“It’s there and we deliberated over it already,” Terhune said of the medical cannabis ordinance.
A public meeting last week on potential marijuana licensing in the city had the majority of people in favor of allowing the sale of it in the city.
The city can choose to adopt state regulations on how close a marijuana dispensary can be from a day care, school and other sites.
Terhune said the city also could impose more restrictions such as whether the marijuana can be consumed on premise.
Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. said the city is eligible for a license for a marijuana dispensary and a craft grower, and the city can pass 4.25 percent in taxes on the sales.
“Now it’s on us,” Terhune said about crafting an ordinance for zoning.
Ward 4 Alderman Mike O’Kane and Williams voiced support for keeping the special-use permit process in place for any zoning district.
Aldermen again heard from former Big Boy Restaurant/Border Café co-owner Kerry Barrett about wanting the city to act on the sale of recreational marijuana. They want to sell the Lynch Road property to Cresco Labs.
Fellow property owner Phil Thomas said a representative of Cresco Labs, which already owns medical marijuana dispensaries in Illinois, will speak to local economic development officials today.
“They’re ready to go,” added Barrett saying Cresco could start remodeling the building Oct. 1 with city approvals.