The Lake Bluff Letter - November 11, 2022

The Lake Bluff Letter - November 11, 2022

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Village and Community Updates

DEERPATH ROAD will be completely closed in Lake Forest between Ahwahnee Lane and U.S. Route 41 starting at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday, November 18). The road is scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, November 21. Click here for more information.


IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE in Lake Bluff! The last special event of the year will occur Saturday, December 3. More information and a schedule of events will be announced next week.

LFHS COMMUNITY FORUM. District 115 is hosting a forum on Monday to discuss a possible April 2023 referendum to address the highest-priority LFHS facility needs. You can attend in person or watch a livestream.

CROYA'S ANNUAL POINSETTA SALE is accepting order forms until next Wednesday, November 16. Order forms are available at All proceeds support CROYA programs, youth scholarships, and senior awards.


THE LAKE BLUFF GARDEN CLUB will fill the Village sidewalk planters with evergreen boughs, pine cones and ornaments galore this Saturday to help ring in the holiday season.


COMED TREE TRIMMING will soon take place near Lake Bluff Elementary School. ComEd's trimming program is authorized by state law to avoid power outages resulting from tree interference with power lines. For more information, visit

Board 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 Historic Preservation Commission Meeting (November 9, 7 p.m.). The HPC started a demolition review for the single-family residence located at 1 Moffett Road. The review will continue at the HPC's next meeting on December 14.


Upcoming Village Board Retreat. The Village Board will hold a retreat tomorrow (Saturday, November 12 at 8 a.m.) on the Lake Forest College campus.


Upcoming Finance Committee Meeting (Monday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m.). The Finance Committee will discuss a draft audit report concerning the last fiscal year as well as financial incentives to support historic preservation.


Upcoming Village Board Meeting (Monday, November 14 at 7 p.m.). The Village Board will:

  • Receive reports regarding:
    • An updated downtown parking study.
    • The selection of a consultant to update the Village's Comprehensive Plan.
  • Consider approval of:
    • A request from the North Shore Water Reclamation District to waive permit fees for upcoming improvements to their pumping station at Sunrise Park and Beach.
    • An estimate of the upcoming property tax levy.
    • 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.
    • Prohibiting parking on one block of Simpson Avenue between East Center and East Scranton.
    • A site plan for changes to the roof of the Public Safety Building (45 E. Center Ave.).
    • Allowing taller fences for businesses in residential areas that need to screen their waste containers.
    • Clarifying the Village's solid waste licensing rules regarding temporary "roll off" services.
    • Purchasing rock salt for the upcoming winter season.
    • Renewing the Village's agreement with Lauterbach and Amen for accounting support services.
    • A new agreement with Lake Bluff School District #65 concerning emergency access to school facilities and security video fees.

The Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 15 is cancelled.


Upcoming Joint Historic Preservation Commission & Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals Special Meeting (Wednesday, November 16 at 6 p.m.). The HPC and PCZBA will hold a joint workshop to discuss how Lake Bluff's land use regulations can promote historic preservation in the Village. 


Upcoming Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting (Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m.). The PCZBA will consider:

  • Formally recommending comprehensive amendments to Chapters 1, 2 and 4 of the Zoning Regulations. The changes primarily reorganize and simplify the code, but also include new provisions that, for example: promote historic preservation; change how the Architectural Board of Review looks at design changes; and adopts new procedures for administrative appeals and the settlement of litigation.
  • Formally recommending uniform hours of operation for restaurants in the Central Business District.
  • A report regarding the selection of a consultant to update the Village's Comprehensive Plan.

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