I have not read the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) being considered by the McHenry County Board, but member John Hammerand has.
He turned up an anomaly that caught my interest.
Looking at summary pages, he discovered that it is harder to get zoning for a new church than it is for a medical marijuana dispensing facility or a marijuana
His comments on the comparison:
“Whenever two or more are gathered in the name of the Lord, in McHenry County, it will cost $5,000 [plus attorney’s fees] unless it is in an industrial or commercial zone.
“It is beyond me to understand why offices, apartments, and even agricultural areas are not zoned for Places of Worship by right.
“I can only guess that there is a statement being made regarding Religion.
“Isn’t the Right of Religious Worship in the Constitution of the United States?
“Are we abridging it?”