Zoning Ordinance Text Amendments - Cannabis Uses

Welcome to the project page for City-initiated text amendments to Chapter 2 (Definitions), Chapter 3 (General Zoning Provisions), Chapter 4A (Downtown Districts), Chapter 6 (Office and Commercial Districts), Chapter 7 (Office Research and Industrial Districts), and Chapter 11 (Off-Street Parking and Loading; Traffic and Access Regulations) of Title 11 (Zoning) of the Geneva City Code related to the regulation of recreational and medical cannabis uses. 

The State of Illinois recently 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.

On Sept. 23, 2019, the Committee of the Whole of the City Council held a policy discussion regarding the City’s options for the local regulation of cannabis uses. At the conclusion of the discussion, the Committee directed staff to schedule a public hearing and prepare text amendments related to the regulation of cannabis uses for consideration by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  

Public Hearing - Nov. 14

The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on Nov. 14. The public hearing was closed and, after deliberation, the Commission recommended the following:

  • To add cannabis use categories to the ordinance and define them; 
  • To permit medical cannabis dispensing organizations, cannabis craft growers, cannabis infuser organizations, cannabis processing organizations, and cannabis transporting organizations as Special Uses in the I1 and I2 Industrial Districts; 
  • To establish parking requirements for each type of cannabis business establishment; and 
  • To establish use standards for cannabis business establishments including the prohibition of on-premise consumption of cannabis, separation requirements from other cannabis business establishments, and separation requirements from schools, day cares, and residentially zoned properties. 

The Nov. 14 public hearing presentation from City staff has been posted to the City's website, and the meeting video is available to view on the City's YouTube channel.

City Council - Dec. 9

After taking public comment and deliberating, the City Council considered the Planning and Zoning Commission's recommendations on Dec. 9. The staff presentation has been posted to the City's website, and the meeting video is available to view on the City's YouTube channel.

The City Council then made the following determinations:

What Was Approved

  • Adding cannabis use categories to the ordinance and defining them;
  • Permitting cannabis dispensing organizations, medical or recreational, 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
  • Limiting the number of medical cannabis dispensing organizations in the City to no more than one; 
  • Limiting the number of recreational cannabis dispensing organizations in the City to no more than one;
  • Limiting the hours of operation for cannabis dispensing organizations, medical or recreational, to opening no earlier than 8 a.m. and closing no later than 8 p.m.;
  • Permitting cannabis craft growers, cannabis infuser organizations, cannabis processing organizations, and cannabis transporting organizations as Special Uses in the I1 Light Industrial District and I2 General Industrial District;
  • Establishing parking requirements for each type of cannabis business establishment; and 
  • Establishing a 150-foot separation requirement for recreational cannabis craft growers and cannabis dispensing organizations, medical or recreational, from schools, daycares, and residentially zoned properties.

What Was Prohibited

The Council also made the following decisions to prohibit: 

  • Cannabis cultivation centers, medical or recreational; 
  • The consumption of cannabis and cannabis-infused products on the premises of any cannabis business establishment; 

More Information

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