The Lake Bluff Letter - October 21, 2022

The Lake Bluff Letter - October 21, 2022

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A Cooper's Hawk in a Lake Bluff oak tree. Photo by Mike Kollasch. 

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Village and Community Updates


  • PUBLIC SAFETY DAY¬†will occur tomorrow, Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 45 E. Center Ave. Come see how your police, firefighters, and public works keep our community safe.

  • GHOST WALK is this weekend,¬†October 21-22. Events occur from 6-9 p.m. nightly, and this year's theme "Upside Down Village." Regretfully, tickets are sold out for 2022.
  • The PUMPKIN BASH and the PUMPKIN CHASE 5K AND FUN RUN return next weekend, October 28-29.
  • THE POLICE DEPARTMENT HOT DOG ROAST¬†returns for the first time since 2019.¬†Trick-or-treaters are invited to stop by the Public Safety Building (45 E. Center Avenue) during trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, from 4 to 7 p.m. or while supplies last. Police Department staff will serve free hot dogs, potato chips and refreshments.¬†

CROYA'S ANNUAL POINSETTA SALE order forms are available at For more information, contact Susan Simms at (847) 810-3980. All proceeds support CROYA programs, youth scholarships, and senior awards.


STOP WAITING TO WRITE THAT NOVEL: Join Lake Forest College's "Writing by the Lake" creative writing seminar series starting next week. The series features award-winning poet and novelist Joshua Corey.   

‚ÄćBoard and Committee Actions

For more information, visit the Village's meeting packets and videos page. Agendas and meeting materials are typically available the Friday before a meeting; videos within a week after the meeting; and minutes after they are approved at the next meeting of the public body. Not all meetings are recorded on video. Click here for details on how to participate remotely.

Recent Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee Meeting (October 18, 7 p.m.). The SEC discussed possible bicycle improvements connecting to Sunrise Park and Beach.


Recent Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting (October 19, 7 p.m.). The PCZBA:

  • Recommended the Village Board allow taller fences for businesses in residential areas that need to screen their waste containers.
  • Approved residential variations for 714 East Prospect Avenue and 456 Sunrise Avenue.
  • Discussed:
    • A draft rewrite of Chapters 1, 2 and 4 of the Zoning Regulations.
    • Uniform hours of operation for restaurants.

Upcoming Finance Commitee Meeting (Monday, October 24, 5:30 p.m.). The Finance Committee will discuss:

  • The upcoming property tax levy.
  • Financial incentives for landmark properties in the Village.
  • The Village's ongoing study of a stormwater utility.

Upcoming Village Board Meeting (Monday, October 24, 7 p.m.). The Village Board will consider:

  • An informational overview of the activities of the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA).
  • Appointing Edward Deegan to the Architectural Board of Review.
  • Clarifying the Village's solid waste licensing rules regarding temporary "roll off" services.
  • Adopting a new set of regulations to govern future planned residential developments.
  • Updating the Village's Comprehensive Plan to reflect the new planned residential development regulations as well as the current status of various residential developments included in the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Purchasing body cameras, replacement in-car camera systems, and digital evidence management software for the Police Department.
  • Retaining Bridge Brothers, Inc. for design engineering of the Glen Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.
  • Allowing taller fences for businesses in residential areas that need to screen their waste containers.
  • Creating a new liquor license at the request of Hansa Coffee Roasters that would allow the sale of beer and wine both on- and off-premises.

Upcoming Business Advisory Ad Hoc Committee Meeting (Wednesday, October 26, 7 p.m.). The BAC will discuss:

  • A draft update to the Village's 2014 downtown parking study.
  • Retaining a consultant to evaluate redevelopment opportunities in the Waukegan Road Business Park and near the U.S. Route 41 & Illinois Rt. 176 interchange.
  • Its work plan to evaluate the economy of the Village and recommend actions to promote the local business climate.

Upcoming Historic Preservation Commission Meeting (Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m.). The HPC will consider:

  • A landmark nomination and advisory review for 618 Maple Avenue.
  • The current landmark status of 231 E. Prospect Avenue.
  • A staff report regarding a pending demolition request for 1 Moffett Road.¬†

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