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The Aurora City Council this week permitted regulating how shut vape outlets might be to one another within the metropolis.
Aldermen handed the brand new rules unanimously, regardless of some saying at earlier conferences the rules is perhaps overreaching.
The modification to the town’s code means vape outlets can not find any nearer than a half-mile from one another. The new language additionally defines a vape store, or various tobacco retailer, as anyplace that derives 50% or extra of its revenue from promoting these objects.
Ald. Sherman Jenkins, at massive, who determined to assist the rules, mentioned that 2,640 ft was an “appropriate” quantity of house between companies providing the identical factor.
“By doing this, we hope to reduce what we used to call in the economic development business kennelization, with businesses clustering around each other,” mentioned Jenkins, who spent 12 years as the town’s financial growth director. “When you look at the growth of Aurora, you must look at everything, and how can it make this community better.”
The metropolis has been taking a look at such regulation for a number of months now, and the City Council Rules, Administration and Procedures Committee moved a closing model to the complete council.
Jenkins was one in every of a number of aldermen who questioned the regulation at one time or one other throughout the previous a number of months. But by this weeks’ closing vote, they determined it was a reliable regulation just like restrictions on the place liquor shops, tobacco outlets and another companies can find, and the vote was unanimous.
Mayor Richard Irvin final week indicated his assist of the brand new rules, though he was not at this week’s council assembly for the ultimate vote.
The ordinance modification would proceed to make it obligatory for a vape store to get a license from the town – on this case deemed an endorsement – if 50% or extra of its gross sales are vaping or various tobacco merchandise. That would eradicate mini-marts or different shops which may promote a couple of vaping merchandise from the regulation.
Ald. Edward Bugg, ninth Ward, chairman of the Rules, Administration and Procedures Committee, pushed the regulation after three vape outlets moved into shops lower than two-tenths of a mile from one another – two of them in the identical strip mall – in his ward.
Those shops, in addition to another scenario involving shops already in operation, shall be “grandfathered” in. The new regulation solely impacts new vape shops coming into Aurora.