By Jon DePaolis
TINLEY PARK, Ill. — Despite some snags, Tinley Park continues to move closer toward bringing an adult use recreational cannabis store to town.
The Village of Tinley Park Board of Trustees heard from Village staff about the challenges surrounding the issue Tuesday, Nov. 17, during a Special Committee of the Whole meeting.
Hannah Lipman, a management analyst for the Village, said staff contacted 12 potential businesses that had previously expressed interest in opening an adult use recreational cannabis dispensary in Tinley Park. Of those, Lipman said the Village ultimately received two completed applications to vie for the one available local license.
But she said staff also received concerns from cannabis businesses, such as how the State is awarding the cannabis licenses and how the Village’s preference on a business occupying a standalone building in town is affecting the process.
“There are a limited number of properties available,” Lipman said. “Right now, the way that this is zoned, there really [aren’t] any properties in the Village limits that these facilities could potentially buy and start their establishment at.”
Lipman said staff was seeking feedback from the board members about “next steps.”
“Would the board consider a different location [or] adjusting the parameters of the zoning a little bit?” she asked. “Right now, we have a requirement that it should be a standalone building. Would we consider it in more of a strip mall or something that is not standalone?”
Village Attorney Patrick Connelly said the recreational cannabis industry “is one of the few businesses that revenues are up across the board, especially brick and mortar.”
“A lot of towns that have these in place are recouping those taxes now, so I think you’d want to move quickly,” he said.