Park City looks at medical marijuana, adult-use facilities
BY ED COLLINS For Sun-Times Media January 20, 2014 6:30PM
Park City officials have referred new statewide regulations governing the use of medical cannabis dispensing and cultivation facilities to its Zoning Board of Appeals for further study. | AP file photo
Updated: February 22, 2014 6:03AM
Park City officials have referred new statewide regulations governing the use of medical cannabis dispensing and cultivation facilities to its Zoning Board of Appeals for further study.
At the same time, the Zoning Board will review a proposed text amendment to the zoning code to provide new regulations for adult use facilities.
Mayor Steve Pannell said the Zoning Board will call a special public hearing on these matters sometime in February. Both issues are currently under a temporary city moratorium.
Since the state legislature passed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act last year, most communities in the state are now considering local zoning criteria to accommodate a possible dispensary should the state decide to locate one within their community.
Here in Lake County, 35 municipalities are working through county government to develop a set of model directives to accommodate and control such a community cannabis facility if necessary.
The adult entertainment issue is somewhat different according to City Attorney Peter Karlovics. He said Park City has long had strict regulations in its municipal code about locating and operating such adult businesses.
While communities have some discretion in zoning and controlling how these businesses operate, a recent U.S. Supreme Court case has decreed that municipalities can’t outright ban these businesses as objectionable.
Yet, it is permissible to create local “zoning buffer zones” to separate these types of businesses from nearby residential dwellings.
Karlovics expects that with public input the Zoning Board of Appeals will provide guidance to the City Council on where it might be appropriate to locate such businesses.