Clarendon Hills eys regulations for gun, medical marijuana, adult use
Updated: March 15, 2013 11:20AM
CLARENDON HILLS — Village staff is looking into developing special use zoning regulations for gun shops, the sale of medical marijuana, and possibly adult uses.
“These are areas our code doesn’t adequately address,” Village Manager Randy Recklaus said. “There is a business owner here who has applied for a federal gun license to sell firearms and ammunition, and some northern suburbs have been talking about the medical marijuana issue because of discussion by the state about a bill that would allow for the sale of medical marijuana.”
Recklaus said a lack of zoning regulations for adult uses came up during discussions with village trustees about gun shops and medical marijuana.
“We thought about what other areas we don’t have spelled out in our zoning code,” Recklaus said. “Very often, this is how something comes up in our code. You don’t necessarily deal with something when it’s never been an issue.”
Recklaus wouldn’t identify the Clarendon Hills business owner interested in selling guns and ammunition. However, he said village staff has had conversations with the business owner and with The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. That agency has said no permit will be issued while the village is considering special use restrictions for its zoning code, Recklaus said.
“We would make it a special use for this type of business,” he said. “We can’t prohibit the sale of guns, but we would want something in our zoning code specifying where this type of business could be located in the village.”
Recklaus said the desire to create special use requirements for the sale of medical marijuana and adult uses is based on the same reasoning.
“Our concern with the medical marijuana is that if someone is already licensed in another state to sell it, things could move pretty quickly to start selling here if the state adopts a law allowing for it,” he said. “We would want to have some control over where in the village that would be allowed, too.”
Recklaus said there are no current requests to open an adult use business in Clarendon Hills.~.