The Lake Bluff Letter - January 6, 2023

The Lake Bluff Letter - January 6, 2023

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Sunrise over downtown. Taken by Matthew Beckley. Licensed under CC BY 4.0.

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Stormwater Utility


Following two years of study and analysis, the Village Board of Trustees is proposing to create a new stormwater utility including a utility fee.

The Board believes the utility will be the best long-term solution and will create a dedicated funding source that will allow Lake Bluff to increase the speed at which it builds and improves stormwater infrastructure. Before proceeding further, the Village is providing information to residents about this decision-making process. You can review the same facts the Village Board did and let the Village know if and how it should change its approach.


More information was mailed to addresses throughout the Village, is available on the Village website, and will be presented in a series of public meetings later this month.

Village and Community Updates

LOCK YOUR CAR. In the last week, three cars have been stolen in Lake Bluff. In every instance, the vehicle was left unlocked with the keys stored inside. Always keep your valuables out of sight or in the trunk. Never leave valuables in unattended vehicles. Always lock your vehicle and take your keys with you.


VILLAGE TREE TRIMMING BEGINS SOON in areas east of Glen Avenue and Moffett Road. Tree trimming occurs between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and signs will be posted on affected streets before work begins. Click here for more information.


THIS OLD HOUSE. Lake Bluff has commissioned over four surveys of its historic architecture over the last 25 years. You can now explore Lake Bluff's historic houses online through a new interactive map. 


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 on Tuesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. with "Internet Safety for Parents."


WINTER PARKING REMINDER. Please move your vehicles off the street to help clear snow and ice from Lake Bluff roads. As a reminder, parking is currently prohibited on Village streets between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. every night (November 15th-April 1th) or after a two-inch snowfall until snow removal is complete.

CURB YOUR DOG. As a reminder to Lake Bluff dog owners, please remember to pick up your animal's waste.

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 (January 3, 7 p.m.). The ABR:

  • Approved a new fence for Lake Forest Sportscars (990 North Shore Drive).
  • Recommended the Village Board approve a new sign for Chevy Exchange (1001 Sherwood Drive)
  • Approved a new sign for Lake Bluff Dental Care (32 E. Scranton Ave.).
  • Discussed a proposed exemption process from the Village's commercial fire sprinkler mandate.
  • Discussed updates to the Village's adopted versions of the International Codes (building codes).

Upcoming Village Board Meeting (Monday, January 9, 7 p.m.). The Village Board will consider:

  • Waiving building permit fees for CLCJAWA.
  • Vehicle sticker design and funraising program for LB/LF Kiwanis Club.
  • Referring the Regional Leaf Blower Working Group's final report to the Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee.
  • Approving a sign code exemption for Chevy Exchange at 1001 Sherwood Drive.
  • Establishing uniform hours of operation for restaruants in the CBD.
  • Approvng a sport court and path for Lake Bluff Middle School.
  • Designating the Village Market Building (24 E. Scranton Ave) as a historic landmark.
  • Appointment the Village Administrator as Deputy Village Clerk.

The Historic Preservation Commission meeting scheduled for January 11 is cancelled.

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