Map for Cannabis Businesses Plano

Plano aldermen look at a map where facilities could or could not locate based on distance setbacks from residential, public parks, libraries, schools and licensed day care facilities. ( photo by Mark Harrington)

No decision was reached on the sale of recreational marijuana or different production facilities at the Plano City Council’s committee of the whole meeting.

Aldermen could have sent an Illinois Municipal League ordinance draft to its next meeting for a vote.

Instead, the city will give the advisory decision to the Plano Plan Commission, where a public hearing and discussion will be held in October.

Plano aldermen were presented with a city map, showing circles where any cannabis retail store could not be located because of proximity to schools, parks, or the public library.  The council has not decided if 1,000 or 1,500 feet would be used as the distance from those sites.

On that map, Plano Director of Planning, Building, and Zoning Tom Karpus used a 1,500 foot radius from Plano schools, parks, and the library to reveal possible locations in business 5 zoning districts.

In addition, a possible ordinance creating the distance between marijuana retail stores at 5,000 feet had this effect, according to Plano City Attorney Tom Grant.

Grant said that would limit the number of retail stores to three in the city.

Grant told aldermen that Plano is considered part of the state’s chosen Chicago, Naperville, and Elgin area, where 47 retail licenses would be issued by the state. 

The possible result?

The Plan Commission will decide retail on-site consumption of cannabis, setback distances from public places of retail stores and between cannabis production facilities, and the number of stores to allow.

Aldermen Jamaal Williams and John Fawver held a citizen’s meeting in Ward 2 recently. Here is what Williams learned.

Following Williams’ comments, the city will place the Illinois Municipal League’s frequently asked questions document on its website with paper copies available at city hall. That information was released Monday.

Alderman Stephen DeBolt stated that Plano School District #88 Board of Education President Tim Campbell voiced the district’s concerns to him, appearing not in favor of allowing cannabis retail sales in the city.

New from the IML report is that municipalities can also control outside its boundaries up to one-and-half miles if a comprehensive use plan has been created by the local government. Plano has a comprehensive plan.

Grant reported that the Illinois Department of Agriculture, which is overseeing the marijuana industry, has tightened its regulations.

After the Plano Plan Commission makes its recommendations, the city council will review the topic, then accept the commission’s report or make any changes.

Smoking marijuana would not be allowed in public locations, only in a private setting such as a person’s home. The IML document described public locations as where the smoking could be reasonably observed by others.

Plano Police Chief Jonathan Whowell told aldermen that it is illegal for a driver or passengers to use a cannabis product in a vehicle.

Only former Plano Second Ward Alderman Bob Jones spoke during two agenda places for citizen comment, citing his opposition to cannabis retail or production facilities in Plano.