Nearly two years into a pilot program allowing recreational marijuana sales at a dispensary, Arlington Heights trustees on Monday made the practice permanently legal and opened the door to allow two more potential pot shops in town.
But final approval of ordinances sanctioning adult use cannabis sales within the village’s B-2 and B-3 commercial business zoning districts didn’t come until trustees narrowed the precise geographic locations where new dispensaries would be permitted, prompted by concerns of Trustee John Scaletta. He said a draft ordinance prepared by the village staff following the board’s last discussion in February still left open the door to having a dispensary on a main road like Northwest Highway but adjacent to homes on a side street.
“I’m just concerned that we’re going to end up providing opportunity to have regret of trying to provide additional sales tax revenue to reduce our property taxes, but (with) the unforeseen consequences on a residential neighborhood. … There’s more downside for a neighborhood than there is upside for the village,” Scaletta said of the original draft.
So Scaletta proposed three designated zones where dispensaries would be allowed: one south of White Oak