Joe Sheehan hopes to add retail, and a possible cannabis dispensary, to his hemp and honey farm near West Chicago.
DuPage County Board members Tuesday are expected to vote on Sheehan’s request to rezone 5 acres of his family’s 22-acre farm on Roosevelt Road, about a mile west of Winfield Road. His request would change the zoning from residential to business.
Sheehan’s request comes three months after county board members approved zoning code changes to permit recreational cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated areas.
His proposal has sparked criticism from the officials in West Chicago and Winfield. Both towns filed objections to the proposal, which will now need a supermajority, or 14 county board members, to win approval.
“I’d like to see this proposal go forward,” said Sheila Rutledge, a Warrenville Democrat whose county board district includes West Chicago.
While there are entrances to subdivisions off Roosevelt Road, Rutledge and others noted property fronting Roosevelt Road tends to support commercial development.
“I think it’s a good location to do it,” Rutledge said. “Mr. Sheehan has a wonderful vision for the property.”
The county’s zoning board of appeals voted against Sheehan’s rezoning request.
The county board’s development committee backed the proposal, but two committee members voted against the rezoning, indicating Sheehan