Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns cast a deciding vote Monday that will allow cannabis sales within city boundaries after the state legalizes adult use on Jan. 1.
According to the city of Geneva website and media reports, Burns’ vote broke a 5-5 City Council deadlock at Monday’s (Dec. 9, 2019) special meeting.
Under the newly revised zoning ordinance, the city will allow one medical cannabis dispensary and one recreational use dispensary.
Cannabis dispensing organizations will be zoned as special uses in the D-CM Commercial Mixed-Use District, D-RSCM Residentially Scaled Commercial Mixed-Use District, B1 Business District, B4 Business District, B5 Business District, I1 Light Industrial District, and I2 General Industrial District.
The ordinance revisions limit the hours of operation — from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — and establish a 150-foot separation from schools, day care facilities and residentially zoned properties.
The Geneva City Council prohibited cannabis cultivation centers and will not allow the consumption of cannabis and cannabis-infused products on the premises of any cannabis business establishment.
Possible Cannabis Dispensing Locations in Geneva
The map below indicates the zoning of cannabis dispensing organizations in Geneva.
The state of Illinois passed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (Public Act 101-0027) which legalized possession and consumption of cannabis by adults 21 and over for recreational use. The law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
Under the Act, municipalities have the ability to regulate local cannabis uses. Municipalities can choose to ban cannabis uses or allow cannabis uses and regulate them through zoning.
The Kane County Board voted to prohibit cannabis sales in unincorporated areas.
Other municipalities in Kane County are at various stages in their decision-making.
The city of St. Charles approved recreational cannabis sales in a 6-3 vote in October. The St. Charles ordinance has these stipulations: