June 22 City Council Workshop
Under the first step in the zoning roadmap process, City Council members held a City Council Workshop on June 22 at 7 p.m. using Zoom webinar technology to provide input and direction on possible zoning for dispensaries, parking requirements, business caps, and other requirements for cannabis businesses.
During the workshop, the City Council directed City staff to draft an amendment to Title 6 (Zoning Ordinance) for review by the Planning and Zoning Commission reflecting the direction provided by the City Council at the June 22 workshop. This ordinance also includes a minimum separation distance of 1,500 feet between dispensaries, as required by the CRTA, as well as new parking requirements specific to dispensary facilities. A summary of the draft ordinance components are as follows:
- Section 6-2-32 (Cannabis Facilities) will provide regulations for both medical and adult-use cannabis facilities.
- Medical Cultivation Centers will continue to require a conditional use in the I, ORI, and RD districts.
- Dispensaries (medical and/or adult-use) will be permitted by right in B2, B3, HS, I, ORI and RD districts.
- A 1,000 foot separation distance will be required between dispensaries and primary/secondary schools; day care facilities are excluded from this restriction.
- PZC will provide feedback regarding the recommended separation between dispensaries and residentially zoned property: 0 feet; 250 feet; or 1,000 feet.
- A maximum of three medical and/or adult-use dispensaries will be permitted within the Naperville corporate limits.
- Dispensaries cannot be located within 1,500 feet of another existing dispensary.
- A list of documents and information to be submitted to the City regarding proposed Cannabis Facilities has been added to the Code.
The public hearing for this case will be held before the PZC on July 15. The agenda packet includes the staff report and three maps showing the various buffers between dispensaries and residential areas. Interested parties will be able to provide comments at the hearing.
June 22 Workshop Materials
Adult-Use Cannabis Facilities Presentation and Survey
In advance of the June 22 workshop, City staff prepared a video presentation to help members of the public understand the City’s existing medical cannabis zoning regulations, the new types of facilities that do not have an equivalent category in the existing regulations, and how this information will help guide regulations for recreational adult-use cannabis dispensaries.
Members of the public were also invited to provide input on potential adult-use cannabis zoning components via an online survey. The goal of the survey was to gauge public opinion, and to see if support exists for new cannabis business types such as craft growers or on-site consumption. A summary of the responses was shared at the June 22 workshop.
Cannabis Facility and Zoning Definitions
The following documents provide detailed descriptions and definitions that may be useful while taking the online survey.