On March 14, 2016, following a public hearing and presentation, the Village Board approved first reading of the Tentative Biennial Budget for the fiscal years commencing May 1, 2016 and ending April 30, 2018; second and final reading was approved on March 28th. A copy of the presentation is provided below.
This budget, in the amount of $14,043,941 plus $1,192,218 in inter-fund transfers for FY2017 and $13,934,293 plus $1,241,853 in inter-fund transfers for FY2018, includes the Village of Lake Bluff funds and the Lake Bluff Public Library funds. For the first time ever the Village approved a two-year fiscal plan; this multi-year budget process emphasizes long-range planning, budgeting for results, effective program management, and fiscal responsibility. Specifically, the primary objectives of this budget are to: (i) maintain current fund balances at or above Village minimum reserve levels, (ii) control operational costs, (iii) continue reinvestment in Village infrastructure, and (iv) continue to deliver quality and efficient services residents expect from the Village of Lake Bluff. Additionally, this budget has been assembled with the intention to allocate resources consistent with the developed 2016 Village Strategic Plan.
Copies of the Biennial Budget are available for public inspection at Village Hall, the Public Safety Building, the Lake Bluff Library, and by clicking on the links below. Following the Public Hearing the Biennial Budget may be further revised and passed without any further inspection, notice or hearing.
The Village reminds its residents that the 2017-18 vehicle stickers must be displayed on all of your vehicles. Be sure to purchase your vehicle stickers before June 1st to avoid a $50 citation and a late fee in the amount of 50% of the cost of the sticker. Stickers may be purchased at Village Hall Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The upcoming semi-annual collection program is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd (for the Monday collection route) and Wednesday, May 10th (for the Tuesday collection route). This program provides residents the opportunity to dispose (free of charge) of bulky items not picked up as part of the normal refuse collection. Items or containers are to be placed at the edge of the curb on your respective collection day. Additional questions regarding collection requirements are available by calling Groot at 877-404-7668.
This weekend appears to be the start of the spring weather we all enjoy, but so do thieves! The Lake Bluff Police Department wants to remind all residents to keep their car windows rolled up, doors locked, and valuables out of sight when your car is parked unattended.
When riding bikes, be sure to lock them in bike racks, and keep them in a closed and locked garage overnight.
Lastly, if you see anyone suspicious, call the Police! Together we can help keep Lake Bluff the safe community we all enjoy!
On August 20, 2014 the Joint Plan Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals (PCZBA) commenced a Public Hearing to consider a petition, filed by The Roanoke Group, LLC (Petitioner), for approval of a preliminary development plan for a Planned Residential Development (PRD) on the approximately 47 acre property located at 136 Green Bay Road. Following a presentation by the Petitioner, and comments/questions from the PCZBA, the Public Hearing was continued to September 17th. At its meeting on September 17th the PCZBA continued with the public hearing, received additional information from the Petitioner, received public comment, discussed the proposal and recommended the Village Board approve the preliminary development plan with the following conditions:
The Petitioner investigates modifications to the three detached single-family homes proposed for the area currently occupied by the Carriage House that is of a massing/scale more consistent with the Carriage House;
The Petitioner not deviate from the proposed construction phasing plan which implements the eastern pond and forest management plan and restores the Jensen Lansdcape Plan in Phase I; and
- The PCZBA and Architectural Board of Review conduct a joint workshop/charrette process to review the proposed development before the Final Plan review phase.
On November 10, 2014, following a presentation by the Petitioner as well as extensive deliberation on October 27th, the Village Board passed a resolution conditionally approving the preliminary development plan. A copy of the resolution is available here. On November 19, 2014 (at 7:30 pm) the PCZBA and the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) conducted a joint workshop to consider preliminary details regarding floor plans and elevations of the proposed housing product types. The agenda packet for this meeting is available at: November 19, 2014 Agenda Packet.
Village Board: November 10, 2014 Meeting Video
Village Board: October 27, 2014 Meeting Video
It is anticipated the Stonebridge Development will commence with final plan review during the first part of 2015. This review process will include meetings with the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) to review the plans for the Manor House and the Carriage House landmark structures, as well as architectural plan review by the ABR. The PCZBA will take the recommendations of the HPC and ABR under advisement and conduct a public hearing to consider the final development plan which will result in a recommendation to the Village Board for final action.
Proposed PRD - Preliminary Development Plan
This property is commonly known as the Stonebridge Planned Residential Development. The preliminary development plan, that would ultimately amend the Stonebridge PRD Plan to allow the following:
- a total of 98 residential units, including with 94 detached single-family residences, 2 existing detached single-family residences and 2 existing attached single-family residences;
- restoration and preservation of the existing Manor House as a community clubhouse with limited public access;
- demolition of the existing Carriage House;
- various landscape features, parks and bicycle and pedestrian trails;
- on-street traffic circulation and access to home site with a two-way loop road (Jensen Road) as it currently exists, "Street A" and "Street B" that serve the "Pocket Neighborhood" and minor street "Street C" serving Lots 40 to 53;
- on-street parking spaces (not required) added at select locations along one side of Jensen Lane for residents and visitors, as well as the required minimum of two off-street parking spaces per unit is provided; and
- a stormwater management plan with three detention basins.
PRD Application Process - Preliminary Plan
Consideration of a PRD is a two-step process that includes separate public hearings and Village Board consideration for: i) a preliminary development; and ii) a final development plan, which would go before the PCZBA at a new public hearing if the preliminary development plan is approved by the Village Board.
It is anticipated that most or all of the August 20, 2014 portion of the Public Hearing will consist of the Petitioner’s initial presentation, and that the PCZBA will then continue the Public Hearing to a subsequent date for public comment. You are welcome to appear at the Public Hearing beginning at the time and place specified above. A copy of the application seeking this action and additional information will be available for inspection on or after the Friday before the scheduled meeting date at the front counter in the Lake Bluff Village Hall (40 East Center Avenue).
Public Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions contained in Title 10 of the Municipal Code of the Village of Lake Bluff, being the Zoning Regulations of the Village of Lake Bluff, and the Statutes of the State of Illinois, that the Joint Plan Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Lake Bluff will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Village Hall, 40 E. Center Avenue, Lake Bluff, Illinois to consider a petition filed by The Roanoke Group (Petitioner) for approval of a preliminary development plan for a Planned Residential Development at 136 Green Bay Road. Any person desiring to be heard or desiring to present any evidence or testimony relating to said matter should appear at the time and place above specified. A copy of the petition will be available for inspection the Friday prior to the meeting at the front counter of the Village Hall, 40 East Center Avenue, Lake Bluff, Illinois.
September 17, 2014 PCZBA Meeting Materials
August 20, 2014 PCZBA Meeting Materials