ELGIN — City staff Wednesday night will recommend the city council send a request for conditional use to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 1330 Crispin Drive back to the planning and zoning commission.On Aug. 4, the commission recommended passing along to the city council consideration for approving a special use permit for the 1330 Crispin Drive location by a 6-1 vote. Commissioner Corey Dixon was the lone nay vote.The application under consideration is from Salveo Health & Wellness, Ltd. — a business started by Chicago attorney and entrepreneur Alex Thiersch and Rockford native and businessman John Dohm — and Garden 6 Joint Venture LGP.At issue now, Elgin Community Development Director Marc Mylott said, is a letter the city received Aug. 15 from attorney Charles Muscarello in which Muscarello noted that client Harting Inc. of North America, 1375 Crispin Drive, had requested extra time to consider the dispensary application — a matter that was not ruled on that evening. Businesses within 250 of a request for conditional use are allowed to comment on potential impact to their companies and to cross examine those making the request.In order to ensure a complete record, staff is recommending the matter go back to planning and zoning, Mylott said. The council could decide to hold a special meeting or the matter could be discussed before the commission once again as late as regularly scheduled meeting set for Oct. 6.Elgin’s rules don’t allow dispensaries to be within 1,000 feet of residences. Some manufactured homes are closer than that distance to where the Elgin dispensary, but Mylott said they are in an area zoned for office, research, and industrial use.Mylott also noted that while the state will be accepting applications for licenses in September, the rules note that final zoning considerations are not an absolute requirement for selection. The state eventually will be allowing one cultivation center in each of the 21 Illinois State Police districts and 60 dispensaries across the state, with two of those being allowed in Kane County.Entities are allowed to apply for up to five dispensaries and three cultivation centers as long as all are in each category are in different districts. The growing and cultivation centers must be indoor facilities. Thus, Salveo also is looking to grow marijuana near Roseville in Warren County in central Illinois and in Winnebago County in northern Illinois. The company would like to have dispensaries in Rockford, Elgin, and Quincy.Thiersch said Monday that he felt the need to head back to the commission was unnecessary. And from a practical standpoint, with the competition for the limited licenses, not having zoning approval already in place could place the business at a disadvantage. Thus, if the council members decide to move the measure back to the commission, Thiersch said he might consider withdrawing the application and looking elsewhere.Tags: city council, Elgin Zoning and Planning Commission, Medical Marijuana [embedded content]
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