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.