The Streator Plan Commission voted to recommend an ordinance to the City Council outlining where marijuana businesses can operate within city limits during Tuesday night’s meeting.
A statewide act allows Streator to place fair regulation on where these businesses can be located, but City Manager David Plyman said Streator faces a unique problem in that the city sprang up before city planning was normal.
He said this means the requirements forcing businesses to operate 1,500 feet from any residential area, recommended by the Illinois Municipal League, would be unreasonable for a town like Streator.
The Plan Commission instead opted to get rid of the setback requirement from the ordinance and instead add that any facility acting as a cultivation center is barred from conducting sales, distribution or processing other than as authorized by the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.
Dispensaries still have a buffer zone for how close they can be to residential areas.
Certain requirements, such as 1,500 feet of space between a marijuana business and schools or daycares, are federally enforced and cannot be changed by the Plan Commission.
Cultivation company eyes Streator
Paul Magelli, the co-CEO of Llerrem, a medical cannabis grower and seller based in Chicago, said their business is considering putting in an application with the state to have an operation in Streator. Their attorney has been in contact with Streator City Attorney Sheryl Churney.
“The requirement for this is a $2 million to $5 million investment for an anonymous, secure facility in the sense that there’s no public access,” Magelli said. “Our business model would be based around medicinal use.”
Magelli said the market for reliable, safe product isn’t there.
“That presents us with the unique opportunity to provide for patients with a chronic or acute condition,” Magelli said.“We support the zoning approach that the city is taking.”
As it stands, any marijuana business will have to go before the Plan Commission to get a special use permit, where the commission will go over the ordinance to make sure the business meets the requirements.
The ordinance will go before the City Council for consideration at 7 p.m. Wednesday.