Fairview Heights Approves Zoning Rules For Lone Marijuana Dispensary – St. Louis Public Radio


FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS — The city council on Tuesday voted 8-3 to approve zoning regulations for marijuana businesses that want to come to the community.

This is the third, and final, piece of legislation the city had to pass before a dispensary would be able to open in the city. The council previously passed ordinances that allowed marijuana sales and restricted the number to just one single dispensary

“It was not our intent to open the whole city up so we can have a bunch of locations all over,” said Mayor Mark Kupsky. 

Location limits

Tuesday’s legislation limits where the lone dispensary can open to industrial areas and some of the city’s general and planned business districts. 

On paper, that includes the city’s central business district, the mall, many properties along Lincoln Trail and property east of the Fairview Heights MetroLink station. 

There are limitations placed on a dispensary operator that won’t allow it to open a dispensary on just any parcel in an approved zoning district, said Fairview Heights Director of Land Use and Development Andrea Riganti. 

In Fairview Heights, dispensaries must be at least 500 feet away from existing residential lots and 1,500 feet from school property lines. That includes nursery, primary and secondary schools and day care centers or homes. A dispensary would also need to be in a free-standing building and not be part of a strip mall or co-tenant building.

These requirements knock out many of the properties along Highway 50 and IL-159, Riganti said. She added that potential dispensaries will also have to go through a special-use permit process with the city. 

“There are uses that are considered potentially harmful for a community because of noise, traffic, odor,” she said. “We’ve determined that an adult-use dispensary is a use

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