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Click here for proposal documents. Questions about the Request for Proposal must be submitted by email to Finance Director Bettina K. O’Connell no later than Thursday, December 27, 2018 by 4:00 p.m. and will be answered on the Village website by Friday, December 28, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Sealed proposals will be received at Lake Bluff Village Hall, 40 E. Center Ave, Lake Bluff, Illinois, 60044 until 4:00 p.m. local time on January 11, 2019. Three (3) copies of the proposal must be submitted in a sealed, clearly marked envelope and should indicate RFP 1/11/2019 Legal Services Pension Attorney – Do Not Open. Any proposal submitted unsealed, unsigned, via fax or received subsequent to the aforementioned date and time shall be disqualified.

There have been recent sightings of coyotes in and around the Village's ravines. It is extremely rare for coyotes to attack a person

Coyotes are native to Lake County and typically avoid humans. They help to reduce rodent populations in our area.

You should only contact Lake Bluff Police if a coyote appears sick, injured, or threatening your safety. Coyotes are protected wildlife under Illinois law, and can only be removed if they are causing property damage or present a risk to human health or safety. Depending on the circumstances, a state licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator may be able to relocate a coyote if permitted by law. 

If you want to discourage coyotes from loitering around your property, consider these tips:

  • Keep small pets (cats, rabbits, and small dogs) and their food indoors, especially after dark.
  • Clear brush and dense weeds to reduce prey habitats.
  • Keep trash contained within sealed containers.
  • Make sure your dogs are spayed or neutered. Coyotes are attracted to and do mate with domestic dogs.

The evening of December 19, the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals will consider establishing new development rules for recreational, institutional, and open space uses of land. The goal of these rules is to provide greater certainty about land uses and simplify the development process for applicants and residents.

Zoning regulates permissible land uses and construction - such as building setback and height - for land based on its location. Today, most recreational, institutional, and open space uses within the Village are located within residential zones. For example, the Village Code treats Lake Bluff Park District's Community Center identically to your single family home. In practice, these uses operate under a series of special exceptions (e.g. variations and special use permits) that relieve them of these constraints. However, these exceptions mean that even small projects require time and multiple reviews to enact. Additionally, owing to their zoning, property owners may maintain the legal right to convert their property to their "intended" residential uses without the review these changes deserve.

The Village has proposed establishing a new Recreational, Institutional, and Open Space ("RIO") district to:

  • Create a set of flexible regulations that are more suited for these unique uses.
  • Increase the efficiency of regulation and reduce the time and expense that taxpayer-funded and charitable organizations must undertake to improve their property.
  • Ensure that the public is still notified of significant changes to existing uses and can participate in decision-making.
  • Provide a high degree of predictability to neighboring property when major changes in use are proposed for land historically used for public purposes.

You can view a full copy of the proposed regulations here. The Village proposes to rezone over 200 parcels of land into the RIO zoning district. You can view an interactive map of the areas proposed for rezoning here. 

Examples of property that will be rezoned include:

  • Government Buildings: Village Hall; the Public Safety Building; Lake Bluff Public Works; the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency; and the Lake Bluff Public Library.
  • Parks: Artesian, Blair, Mawman, Ravine, and Sanctuary Parks; The Lake Bluff Recreation Center and Golf Course; and Sunrise Beach.
  • Schools: Lake Bluff Elementary School; Lake Bluff Middle School; and Forest Bluff School.
  • Houses of Worship: Grace United Methodist Church and Union Church.
  • Open Spaces: Parcels along Sheridan Road. The Skokie Land and Water Reserve. Oriole Grove Forest Preserve.

If you would like to know more, contact Glen Cole at (847) 283-6889 or via e-mail.

There are many effective, economical, and easy-to-use pest control options that are much better for human health and wildlife than rodenticides. Save our owls: Consider sealing holes, securing food, and using electronic or snap traps to stop mice problems.

Please click here for more information regarding The Risks of Rodenticides and Alternative Solutions to keeping our Owls safe and rodents out.

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Kiosk line too long? Running late for the train? You can now use your phone from anywhere to pay for parking at the Village's Metra station.

All you need is your license plate number and a credit or debit card. 

Go to parkingapp.com on your phone for instructions and use code 60044 when paying.