The Lake Bluff Letter - December 9, 2022

The Lake Bluff Letter - December 9, 2022

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The newly lit tree at It's A Wonderful Life. Photo by Sally Hausken.
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Upcoming Events

‍SANTA COMES TO TOWN AGAIN this Sunday, December 11 starting at 10 a.m. on top of a Lake Bluff Fire Department engine.

Village and Community Updates

DOWNTOWN's WINTER STORYWALK will be on display throughout December. This year's selection is Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer. For more information and to enter this year's StoryWalk raffle (free), visit


THE TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION is underway at the Lake Bluff Public Safety Building, 45 E. Center Ave. You can donate your unopened toys and help make sure that no child goes without a present this holiday season. This is the 75th anniversary of the Toys for Tots program.

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 Architectural Board of Review Meeting (December 6, 7 p.m.). The ABR:

  • Recommended the Village Board approve a proposed sport court at the Lake Bluff Middle School (31 East Sheridan Place).
  • Recommended the Village Board approve commercial signage for Life Storage (105 Albrecht Drive) with the exception of one sign.

Upcoming Committee of the Whole Meeting (Monday, December 12, 6 p.m.). The Committee of the Whole will discuss the Village's fire sprinkler requirement for commerical and multifamily buildings.


Upcoming Village Board Meeting (Monday, December 12, 7 p.m.). The Village Board will consider:

  • Adopting the 2022 property tax levy.
  • Approving an intergovernmental agreement with the North Shore Water Reclamation District and the Park District regarding the Sunrise Beach Pumping Station.
  • Proclaiming December 2022 as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.
  • Appointing:
    • Mike Buoscio to the Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee.
    • Jeff McGuire to the Historic Preservation Commission.
  • Creating uniform hours of operation for restaurants in the Central Business District.
  • Approving additional seating in "BONK" for restaurant patrons.
  • Designating the single-family residence at 618 Maple Avenue as a historic landmark.
  • Creating new financial incentives for historic landmarks in the Village, including a waiver of building permit fees and a property tax grant (rebate) program.
  • Adopting updates to Chapters 1, 2 and 4 of the Zoning Regulations.
  • Authorizing the disposal of old Village equipment.
  • Entering into a construction contract for sanitary sewer lining.

Upcoming Historic Preservation Commission Meeting (Wednesday, December 14, 7 p.m.). The HPC will consider:

  • A landmark nomination for the Village Market building (24 E. Scranton Ave.)
  • A demolition review for 116 Ravine Avenue.
  • A continued demolition review for the single-family residence located at 1 Moffett Road.

Upcoming Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting (Thursday, December 15, 7 p.m.). The PCZBA will consider:

  • Residential variations to add a second story to the garage located at 618 Maple Avenue.
  • A proposed sport court at the Lake Bluff Middle School (31 East Sheridan Place).
  • Zoning incentives to promote historic preservation.

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