The Lake Bluff Letter - December 16, 2022

The Lake Bluff Letter - December 16, 2022

Village and Community Updates

HOLIDAY OBSERVANCES. Village non-emergency offices will be closed Monday, December 26. All solid waste collections the week of December 26 will be delayed by one day.

CROYA is open for local middle school and high school students on many days over winter break, including December 19-22 and 28-30. Click here for the full schedule.

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.

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


Recent Village Board Meeting (December 12, 7 p.m.). The Village Board:

  • Proclaimed December 2022 as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.
  • Approved:
    • The 2022 property tax levy.
    • An intergovernmental agreement with the North Shore Water Reclamation District and the Park District regarding the¬†Sunrise Beach Pumping Station.
    • New financial incentives for historic landmarks in the Village, including a waiver of building permit fees and a property tax grant (rebate) program.
    • Additional seating in "BONK" for restaurant patrons.
    • The appointment of¬†Mike Buoscio to the Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee.
    • The appointment of¬†Jeff McGuire to the Historic Preservation Commission.
    • Updates to Chapters 1, 2 and 4 of the Zoning Regulations.
    • The disposal of old Village equipment.
    • A construction contract for sanitary sewer lining.
  • The Village Board discussed¬†uniform hours of operation for restaurants in the Central Business District and requested changes that would allow more businesses to operate later than originally recommended by the PCZBA.

Recent Historic Preservation Commission Meeting (December 14, 7 p.m.). The HPC:

  • Recommended the Village Board designate the Village Market building (24 E. Scranton Ave.) as a historic landmark.
  • Ended a demolition review for 116 Ravine Avenue.
  • Ended a demolition review for 1 Moffett Road.

Recent Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting (December 15, 7 p.m.). The PCZBA recommended that the Village Board approve a proposed sport court at the Lake Bluff Middle School (31 East Sheridan Place), subject to limited hours of operation and a prohibition on use of the court for pickleball. The PCZBA also recommended that the Village Board consider requiring additional landscape screening.

There are no public meetings scheduled for the remainder of 2023.

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