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Recap: Planning and Development Committee

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Here’sa recap of our live coverage of tonight’s Evanston City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting, at which aldermen are scheduled to discuss a new ordinance that would allow cannabis dispensaries in certain zoning district.

The committee is also scheduled to discuss a zoning map amendment to clear the way for a senior housing development on Howard Street.

A packet with information on tonight’s agenda items is available online. The meeting was scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m., but because the A&PW meeting ran long, P&D now is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m.

Meeting called to order at 7:20 p.m.

Minutes approved.

P1 – Allowing cannabis dispensaries in certain zoning districts

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Public comment

Mostl comments focus on proposal to offer commercial events at the Welsh-Ryan Arena … a subject that’s not on tonight’s committee agenda.

It’s expected to be discussed at the Oct. 28 meeting.

Public comment ends at 7:40 p.m.

Back to the cannabis item.

Community Development Director Johanna Leonard says the schedule for approval of this — to let the existing medical dispensary start selling recreational cannabis on Jan. 1.

Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, wants to see the shopping district on Noyes Street — says there’s a preschool there and classes offered at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.

Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, says would like to see what it would look like to add preschools — but not daycares — to the exemption list.

Leonard says many daycares offer preschool programs.

Says there’s a special use approval process — which would give the City Council more discretion about what to approve.

The current proposal only excludes elementary, middle and high schools.

Fiske says she’s not happy with the proposal — have to look at really carefully, she says.

Wilson suggests going ahead with introduction tonight — and get new maps before the next meeting.

Approved for introduction … with staff to come back with additional maps

P2 – 951-1125 Howard rezoning from C1 to B2 district

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says it affects one block from Ridge to Barton. Will allow for the 60-unit affordable senior housing development. Says the new development will be on the tax rolls.

Approved.

Meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m.

City Council to start at 8 p.m.

 

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