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With the recreational use of marijuana set to be legal statewide as of Jan. 1, several Barrington-area villages have made decisions on whether or not to allow a dispensary within their borders – while others are still conflicted.

Barrington Hills trustees voted against having dispensaries in the village, director of administration Anna Paul said.

“We currently don’t have really any businesses in the community … our residential character is important to the community,” Paul said.

Paul also stated that the village could reconsider their decision down the line, but they want to see how other communities manage the legalization of marijuana before they consider changing their position.

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Officials from a federal agency say property on the southwest corner of Freeman and Mundhank roads in South Barrington remains the best choice for a new national veterans cemetery after concerns such as noise and traffic were taken into consideration.
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An updated federal report states that a South Barrington site unveiled last year remains the best choice for a national veterans columbarium cemetery after concerns such as noise, traffic and whether the land is appropriate were taken into consideration.

That recently released U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs document served as the backdrop for a town hall meeting Thursday night hosted by South Barrington Mayor Paula McCombie. About 200 people who packed village hall heard McCombie, suburban military veterans and others urge the VA to find another site in South Barrington.

“South Barrington is a patriotic community,” said retired Army Major Gen. James H. Mukoyama Jr., who attends Willow Creek Community Church in the village. “But there’s certain things in this proposal that doesn’t pass my common-sense test.”

Under what’s called an urban initiative, the VA wants to acquire 15 acres on the southwest corner of Mundhank and Freeman roads for the cemetery to serve the Chicago area. It would be an extension of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, about 57 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.

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South Barrington Mayor Paula McCombie will host a town hall session Thursday night regarding a plan for a national veterans cemetery in the village.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plan to acquire 15 acres on the southwest corner of Mundhank and Freeman roads for a columbarium cemetery to serve the Chicago area has drawn concerns about traffic, noise and the suitability of the property. The meeting will be at 7:30 PM, Nov. 7 at South Barrington Village Hall, 30 South Barrington Road.

McCombie plans to provide an update on the VA process and receive feedback from those in attendance. McCombie has encouraged the VA to look elsewhere in South Barrington.

The VA has issued a revised environmental assessment of the plan and is soliciting public comment until Nov. 18.

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Raptor Sunday

When: 1 to 3 PM Sunday, Oct. 20

Where: Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, South Barrington

Details: Meet barn, barred, great horned and screech owls. Stillman staff will also present a peregrine falcon, broad-winged hawk and red-shouldered hawk. Staff will bring the birds out so you can see them up close. Kids will have a chance to dissect owl pellets. Bring a camera.

Fee: $10 per car

Info: www.stillmannc.org; (847) 428-OWLS (6957)

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Some already looking at bans: ‘It’s just not for us’

Barrington area municipalities are starting to discuss whether to allow recreational cannabis-related businesses within village limits and if so, what regulations to impose ahead of the law allowing the sale and cultivation of marijuana in Illinois taking effect Jan. 

Lake Barrington officials are looking to adopt village legislation banning recreation marijuana-related businesses. Barrington is also leaning against having them, while both Barrington Hills and South Barrington are starting discussions.

Barrington village trustees and Village President Karen Darch are expected to start discussing in September what Barrington will do, officials said. Village spokeswoman Patty Dowd Schmitz said municipal leaders are leaning against allowing any kind of marijuana-related business.

Read more from the Barrington Courier-Review here.

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Intent on making vacant land west of The Arboretum of South Barrington shopping center viable for development, Hoffman Estates officials may create a tax increment financing district to pay for sewer and water utilities on the site.

The land in question is a 24-acre parcel and a 16-acre parcel at the northeast and northwest corners of Higgins and Old Sutton roads. Along with adjacent right of way, a total of 64 acres would be included.

The development partnership behind Plum Farms dropped its request for a TIF district amid controversy over its plans for dense residential development, a proposal that drew objections from school officials and others.

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Concerns about traffic, noise and the suitability of a South Barrington site proposed as home to a new national veterans cemetery are being taken into consideration as studies on the idea continue, according to the federal agency driving the effort.

But in the meantime, South Barrington leaders who see the proposed location as incompatible for a cemetery are instead suggesting other potential sites in town.

Under what’s called an urban initiative, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wants to acquire 15 acres on the southwest corner of Mundhank and Freeman roads for a columbarium cemetery to serve the Chicago area. It would be an extension of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, about 57 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.

South Barrington Mayor Paula McCombie stresses she and other village officials welcome the proposed veterans cemetery, but they say the VA’s location is not the best possible spot.

“Let’s find another location in town,” McCombie said. “Let’s look a little bit instead of just sticking people back over in a corner there.”

Read the full story from the Daily Herald here.

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