The Lake Bluff Letter - March 3, 2023

The Lake Bluff Letter - March 3, 2023

Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

Throughout 2022 the Village participated alongside 10 other North Shore communities to examine leaf blower regulations including best practices; environmental impacts; and alternative methods and new technologies used in landscape maintenance.


The working group released their final report in December 2022. On January 9, 2023 the Village Board refered the matter to the SEC who, at their February 21, 2023 meeting unanimously voted to recommend a May 15 - September 30 seasonal ban on the use of gas-powered leaf blowers (with limited exceptions).


The Village Board approved the first reading of an ordinance that enacts a seasonal ban on gas-powered leaf blowers (with limited exceptions) at their meeting on Monday, Ferbruary 27. Final consideration of the ordinance is set for March 13. 2023.


More information about the proposed ordinance can be found on the Village's website.

Village and Community Updates

LOCK YOUR CAR. When cars have been stolen in Lake Bluff, 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.


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.


100 YEARS YOUNG. ‍In collarboration with the Lake Bluff History Museum, Lake Bluff School District 65 is planning a centennial celebration of the community's 1st elected school board in 1923. To honor this occasion and to help celebrate the history of public schools in Lake Bluff, the district is asking former teachers, students, administrators, board members, and community members to email stories (written, photo, audio) about District 65 to

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 Finance Committee meeting (February 27, 5:30 p.m.). The Finance Committee:

  • Reveiwed the second year of the FY 23-24 Fiscal Plan (Village Budget).

Recent Village Board meeting (February 27, 7 p.m.). The Village Board:

  • Received a report from Lake Forest Community High School District 115 Superintendent Dr. Matthew Montgomery regarding the District's Bond Referendum.
  • Approved first reading of a seasonal ban on the use of gas-powered leaf blowers draft ordinance.
  • Discussed the Joint Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals' (PCZBA) February 15, 2023 workshop regarding historic preservation zoning incentives.
  • Adopted a meeting calendar for the Board of Trustees for Fiscal Year 2023-2024.
  • Approved the Lake Bluff Fire Department's continued participation in Mutual Aid System (MABAS).

Recent Village Board Committee-of-the-Whole (COW) meeting (March 1, 6 p.m.). The COW:

  • Discussed modifications to the proposed stormwater utility based on community feedback and an Adoption Plan.

Upcoming Architectural Board of Review (ABR) meeting (Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m.). The ABR will:

  • Discuss updates to the Village's Building Code.
  • Discuss Glen Avenue footbridge replacement plans.

Upcoming Historic Preservation Comission (HPC) meeting (Wednesday, March 8, 7 p.m.). The HPC will:

  • Conduct an advisory review for proposed alterations to 525 E. Center Avenue.
  • Discuss the landmark status of 231 E. Prospect Avenue.

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