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202205 NSWRD Mural

NSWRD has submitted a final RIO Development Plan for review. Find our more information and how to participate in the review by viewing the published agenda packet on the Village's Agendas, Minutes, Packets, and Videos page.

The Village Board will be considering the plan at their Monday, September 26, 2022 meeting.

 The North Shore Water Reclamation District (“NSWRD”) needs to build a subterranean overflow basin so that they can maintain their existing infrastructure and prevent sewage from overflowing into Lake Michigan. As part of their work, the NSWRD will be making other aesthetic and public improvements to their existing facilities, including:

  • Arborvitae hedges, raised foundation plantings, and curbed planting beds to hold native species.
  • The replacement of the asphalt parking lot with a more durable concrete plaza including decorative elements.
  • Milling and resurfacing of the service road that extends from the top bluff edge to Sunrise Beach.
  • The construction of two public bathrooms, one accessible for persons with disabilities. The restrooms will replace the portable toilets.
  • The replacement of one existing beach shower with two new overhead beach showers.

NSWRD is required to follow the Village's Recreational, Institutional, and Open Space ("RIO") zoning district procedures to build the project, which involves reviews before the Village's Architectural Board of Review ("ABR") and Joint Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals ("PCZBA"). 

The next steps are expected to include:

  • September & October 2022 - Final action by Village Board to approve RIO Development Plan.
  • October 2022 - Start of construction (expected to last 18 months) after the Lake Bluff Yacht Club regatta in late September.
  • Summer 2023 - South beach closed during construction activities; Yacht Club operates from alternate facilities.
  • Spring 2024 - Construction completed.

The Village of Lake Bluff is committed to providing timely, sustainable, and cost-effective waste removal by offering services like weekly landfill waste pick-up, recycling, composting, garden and e-waste removal for Village residences.

Our newest contract renewal with Groot continues to improve the ease of use of the Village’s curbside composting program. You can now include more types of food waste with your curbside compost and use more types of containers. This program is at no additional charge and no signup is necessary.

Over 40% of all edible food in the U.S. is thrown out and food waste is the single largest category of waste deposited in our landfills. Some of this waste can be reduced through good planning, but the next best thing you can do is to compost it.

When you curbside compost, your food scraps are mixed with landscape waste to form nutritious compost for plants. Curbside compost extends the life of our landfills, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and helps support gardening and landscaping in our community.

You can start curbside composting today through your weekly landscape waste service provided by Groot. Curbside compost service is year-round and does not stop during the winter.

Try these tips to make your home curbside composting easier:

  • Use a 1-2 gallon kitchen pail to collect food scraps inside your home. Empty it outside periodically when you take out other recycling and landfill waste.
  • Consider lining your pickup container with a Kraft paper bag to reduce mess.
  • Place shredded egg cartons at the bottom of the pickup container to help catch any fluids.
  • Rinse your pickup container when necessary. Use soap when rinsing if needed.
  • Store your container in a cool, shaded area with the lid securely closed.

Lake County Health Department now offers mobile crisis care as an alternative to calling 911 when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis. You can contact the crisis line confidentially by calling (847) 377-8088 or, starting on July 16, by calling 988.

A specialized two-person team, including a licensed clinician, is available to respond in-person Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight when a person is experiencing a mental health crisis anywhere in Lake County. These specialized services help reduce the strain on police and emergency medical services. Crisis care is offered regardless of ability to pay or insurance status and users will not be billed for services. 

The Village's2021 Water Quality Report (published in 2022) contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water.

If you would like a paper copy mailed to your home, contact Village Hall by calling (847) 234-0774.