A public hearing on e-cigarettes and tobacco stores will be held tomorrow, Feb. 17.
The Village of Buffalo Grove Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing regarding a text amendment to the ordinance on e-cigarettes and tobacco stores.
The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 17, at City Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd.
Staff recommends an amendment to the village code that defines a tobacco shop. The new definition would include e-cigarette and vaping equipment retail sales. By adding e-cigarette and vape stores to the definition, they can be established in the B1 through B5 Districts as a permitted use. The amendment would also establish that e-cigarette and vape stores could not allow sampling; they would be retail-only stores. In addition to establishing guidelines for the stores, the village code would prohibit e-cigarettes and vaping devices in public places, including vape lounges.
After holding the public hearing and requesting input from citizens, the hearing will be closed and the commission will return to its regular meeting. Up for discussion is a recommendation regarding the 2016 zoning map. The village is required by state law to publish the official zoning map by March 31. The commission will review the latest map and the revisions made since the previous year.
The commission will hear reports and public comments before concluding the meeting.