Recreational marijuana shops in Naperville could be located 250 feet from a residential area under a recommendation from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

In a 7-2 vote Wednesday, the commission put its stamp of approval on the basic parameters suggested by the Naperville city staff, including a three-store limit and restrictions requiring businesses in commercial and industrial areas to be at least 1,000 feet from a primary or secondary school and 1,500 feet from another dispensary.

The panel also agreed with the staff’s proposal for six parking spaces for every 1,000 square feet of shop space if shared parking is available and 7.5 spaces if there’s no shared parking.

Allison Laff, deputy director of the city’s Transportation, Engineering and Development department, said research by staff showed parking tends to be insufficient for cannabis dispensing facilities, particularly during the first year of operation.

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