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City cannabis meeting now reset for July 1

The city of Vandalia has postponed a public hearing to discuss possible ordinances on cannabis businesses, with hopes of now holding that meeting at the beginning of next month.
The city’s zoning board of adjustments and planning commission were scheduled to hold a public hearing by teleconference this Thursday evening.
During that teleconference, which would have allowed the public to participate, the two city bodies were to consider definitions, use regulations, zoning district(s) in which cannabis sales would be allowed and any setbacks from certain types of businesses, such as home day cares and home health facilities.
The two bodies are charged with sending recommendations on possible ordinances to the city council.
The council has the option of allowing cannabis sales as a permitted use or a special use, according to City Administrator LaTisha Paslay.
With the latter, applications would be considered on a case-by-case basis and would be reviewed by the city’s zoning board.
Paslay said during Monday’s city council teleconference meeting that the public hearing is now tentatively set for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1.
Illinois’ Phase III of Restore Illinois is currently scheduled to end on Friday, June 26, and Phase IV would gatherings of up to 50 people, with social distancing and face masks.
Entering Phase IV would allow the city’s two bodies to meet in normal fashion at city hall.
“We considered that it (cannabis issue) is just too big of a meeting to try to have as a teleconference,” Paslay said.

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