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The Village's Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee (SEC) has worked with community stakeholders to draft a landscape plan for the Village’s primary corridors and its gateways, with an emphasis on Route 176. The plan will serve as a “playbook” to the Village in collaboration with its partners and private landowners in the selection, implementation, and maintenance of these areas.

You can view the draft plan here.

Before it makes its recommendation to the Village Board, the SEC would like your comments on the draft plan. Contact Glen Cole at (847) 283-6889 or via e-mail with your thoughts.

The National Weather Service advises that life-threatening cold temperatures will occur in Lake Bluff between today and Thursday afternoon. Exposed skin may frostbite in as little as five minutes under these conditions.

  • Avoid travel and stay home if at all possible. Blowing snow from high winds may significantly reduce visibility and vehicles may fail to operate in these extreme temperatures.
  • Lake Bluff’s Public Safety Building (45 E. Center Ave.) and Metra Station (600 N. Sheridan Rd.) will remain open as warming centers.
  • Please check on your neighbors. If you or a neighbor require assistance, or if you are concerned about someone's well-being, contact the non-emergency operator for Police and Fire at (847) 234-8760.

We are aware of the following closings and cancellations of interest to Lake Bluff residents:

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.