Over the past three years, Lake Bluff’s Historic Preservation Commission (“HPC”) has engaged in a thorough review and strategic planning process to answer one question: “How can Lake Bluff better preserve and transmit its architectural history?” The HPC believes that updating Lake Bluff’s historic preservation regulations – which provide for the designation and protection of buildings and landscape features with special significance in the history and development of Lake Bluff – is an important step in answering this very question.

You can view a copy of the full draft regulations here, or an overview presentation here.

The HPC is not proposing to change Lake Bluff’s essential approach to historic preservation. While a property owner may be delayed in demolishing their structure, the Village will not follow other North Shore communities in having the ability to say “No” to a proposed demolition. Rather, the HPC has prepared revisions that will make Lake Bluff’s unique approach more effective at preserving notable structures and neighborhoods while respecting the rights of property owners. Specifically, the new regulations:

These proposed modifications to the existing regulations will complement other efforts to support and preserve Lake Bluff’s architectural history, including:

  • Interactive walking tours that highlight Lake Bluff history, including its landmark structures and areas.
  • New tools that showcase Lake Bluff’s complete set of historic surveys and make their results more accessible for current and prospective owners.
  • Awards that recognize the owners, architects, and builders responsible for thoughtful rehabilitation and restoration projects.

The HPC will discuss this matter Wednesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. We hope you will join us to share your thoughts on the draft regulations or feel free to send written comments in advance to Glen Cole, Assistant to the Village Administrator. After digesting the feedback we will receive from stakeholders, the HPC will consider recommending these important changes to the Village Board of Trustees for adoption.