With one cannabis dispensary getting its building permit with plans to open late this year or in early 2023 in Waukegan, a second larger marijuana shop hopes to welcome customers this spring a half-mile away, near the Fountain Square shopping center.
Earlier this month, operators of the proposed Planet 13 dispensary received a unanimous recommendation for a conditional use permit from the Waukegan Planning and Zoning Commission in a move which could add more than $800,000 in annual tax revenue for the city.
Noelle Kischer-Lepper, the city’s director of planning and economic development, said the City Council’s Community Development Committee will discuss the application and potentially make a recommendation to the council Dec. 5 at City Hall. A council vote is not yet scheduled.
Planet 13, which already operates dispensaries in Nevada and California, plans to open it first Illinois operation in a onetime bank building at 4000 Northpoint Blvd., just north of Fountain Square.
Frank Cowan, the majority partner of Planet 13′s Illinois subsidiary, said the company hopes to open the store in the second quarter of next