The Lake Bluff Letter - November 18, 2022

The Lake Bluff Letter - November 18, 2022

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Upcoming Events

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE IN LAKE BLUFF! Join us for the last special event of the season on Saturday, December 3. This year's festivities include two appearances by Santa, the return of Santa's reindeer to the Village Green, and the annual lighting ceremony of Lake Bluff's homegrown green and blue light orbs. You can click here for more details and a schedule of events.

‍DECK THE HALLS for the return of the History Museum's Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, December 4. Tickets are $50. Click here for details and tickets.

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.


THANKSGIVING OBSERVANCES. Village non-emergency offices will be closed next Thursday and Friday. The Public Works Recycling Facility will be open during regular hours next Saturday and Sunday. For those who receive two collections per week (a la carte service), the second collection will occur Friday, November 25 for all routes.

COMMUNITY SAFETY is on everyone's mind, especially parents. Lake Bluff and Lake Forest government and schools are partnering to produce a series of discussions on important safety topics. The series continues in two weeks on Tuesday, November 29 at 7 p.m. with "Run, Hide, Fight – Active Shooter Protocols and Preparation."


LFHS COMMUNITY FORUM. District 115 held a forum last Monday to discuss a possible April 2023 referendum to address the highest-priority LFHS facility needs. You can view the presentation and more information on the District 115 website, and you can submit questions and feedback here.

CALLING ALL SCOUTS. Lake Forest High School is collecting alumni contact information, and wants to know your preferences about future alumni events, mentoring, and communications.

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 Village Board Retreat (November 12, 8 a.m.). The Village Board held a retreat on the Lake Forest College campus.


Recent Finance Committee Meeting (November 14, 5:30 p.m.). The Finance Committee reviewed a draft audit report and recommended the Village Board adopt financial incentives to support historic preservation, including a local property tax rebate program and a waiver of building permit fees.


Recent Village Board Meeting (November 14, 7 p.m.). The Village Board:

  • Received reports regarding:
    • An updated downtown parking study.
    • The selection of a consultant to update the Village's Comprehensive Plan.
  • Approved:
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Gave first reading approval to:
    • Prohibiting parking on one block of Simpson Avenue between East Center and East Scranton.
    • Updating parking regulations at the Lake Bluff Train Station parking lot.

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


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


Recent Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting (November 16, 7 p.m.). The PCZBA:

  • Recommended the Village Board update 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.
  • Recommended the Village Board authorize uniform hours of operation for restaurants in the Central Business District.
  • Discussed the upcoming selection of a consultant to update the Village's Comprehensive Plan.

The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will meet on Monday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. to interview police officer candidates. (After the meeting begins, interviews are closed to the public.)

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