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On August 20, 2014 the Joint Plan Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals  (PCZBA) commenced a Public Hearing to consider a petition, filed by The Roanoke Group, LLC (Petitioner), for approval of a preliminary development plan for a Planned Residential Development (PRD) on the approximately 47 acre property located at 136 Green Bay Road. Following a presentation by the Petitioner, and comments/questions from the PCZBA, the Public Hearing was continued to September 17th.  At its meeting on September 17th the PCZBA continued with the public hearing, received additional information from the Petitioner, received public comment, discussed the proposal and recommended the Village Board approve the preliminary development plan with the following conditions: 

  1. The Petitioner investigates modifications to the three detached single-family homes proposed for the area currently occupied by the Carriage House that is of a massing/scale more consistent with the Carriage House;

  2. The Petitioner not deviate from the proposed construction phasing plan which implements the eastern pond and forest management plan and restores the Jensen Lansdcape Plan in Phase I; and 

  3. The PCZBA and Architectural Board of Review conduct a joint workshop/charrette process to review the proposed development before the Final Plan review phase.

On November 10, 2014, following a presentation by the Petitioner as well as extensive deliberation on October 27th, the Village Board passed a resolution conditionally approving the preliminary development plan.   A copy of the resolution is available here.  On November 19, 2014 (at 7:30 pm) the PCZBA and the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) conducted a joint workshop to consider preliminary details regarding floor plans and elevations of the proposed housing product types.  The agenda packet for this meeting is available at: November 19, 2014 Agenda Packet

Village Board: November 10, 2014 Meeting Video

Village Board: October 27, 2014 Meeting Video

It is anticipated the Stonebridge Development will commence with final plan review during the first part of 2015.  This review process will include meetings with the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) to review the plans for the Manor House and the Carriage House landmark structures, as well as architectural plan review by the ABR.  The PCZBA will take the recommendations of the HPC and ABR under advisement and conduct a public hearing to consider the final development plan which will result in a recommendation to the Village Board for final action.

Proposed PRD - Preliminary Development Plan

This property is commonly known as the Stonebridge Planned Residential Development. The preliminary development plan, that would ultimately amend the Stonebridge PRD Plan to allow the following:

  • a total of 98 residential units, including with 94 detached single-family residences, 2 existing detached single-family residences and 2 existing attached single-family residences;
  • restoration and preservation of the existing Manor House as a community clubhouse with limited public access;
  • demolition of the existing Carriage House;
  • various landscape features, parks and bicycle and pedestrian trails;
  • on-street traffic circulation and access to home site with a two-way loop road (Jensen Road) as it currently exists, "Street A" and "Street B" that serve the "Pocket Neighborhood" and minor street "Street C" serving Lots 40 to 53; 
  • on-street parking spaces (not required) added at select locations along one side of Jensen Lane for residents and visitors, as well as the required minimum of two off-street parking spaces per unit is provided; and
  • a stormwater management plan with three detention basins. 

PRD Application Process - Preliminary Plan

Consideration of a PRD is a two-step process that includes separate public hearings and Village Board consideration for: i) a preliminary development; and ii) a final development plan, which would go before the PCZBA at a new public hearing if the preliminary development plan is approved by the Village Board. 

It is anticipated that most or all of the August 20, 2014 portion of the Public Hearing will consist of the Petitioner’s initial presentation, and that the PCZBA will then continue the Public Hearing to a subsequent date for public comment. You are welcome to appear at the Public Hearing beginning at the time and place specified above.  A copy of the application seeking this action and additional information will be available for inspection on or after the Friday before the scheduled meeting date at the front counter in the Lake Bluff Village Hall (40 East Center Avenue).  

Stay Informed

As the Stonebridge Development moves through the Village's development review process, residents are encouraged to stay informed of upcoming meeting dates by visiting the Events Calendar and the Meeting Agenda pages.  Also, the public may send comments to Village Hall (40 E. Center Avenue) or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For questions regarding the preliminary development plan, please contact Drew Irvin at 847-234-0774.

Public Notice

Public Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions contained in Title 10 of the Municipal Code of the Village of Lake Bluff, being the Zoning Regulations of the Village of Lake Bluff, and the Statutes of the State of Illinois, that the Joint Plan Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Lake Bluff will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Village Hall, 40 E. Center Avenue, Lake Bluff, Illinois to consider a petition filed by The Roanoke Group (Petitioner) for approval of a preliminary development plan for a Planned Residential Development at 136 Green Bay Road.  Any person desiring to be heard or desiring to present any evidence or testimony relating to said matter should appear at the time and place above specified.  A copy of the petition will be available for inspection the Friday prior to the meeting at the front counter of the Village Hall, 40 East Center Avenue, Lake Bluff, Illinois.

September 17, 2014 PCZBA Meeting Materials

September 17, 2014 PCZBA Meeting Video

September 17, 2014 PCZBA Packet

August 20, 2014 PCZBA Meeting Materials

August 20, 2014 PCZBA Meeting Video 

PCZBA Staff Report Dated August 15, 2014

Attachment A: Stonebridge Development Dimensioned Site Plan as Authorized Pursuant to Ordinance #2006-28

Attachment B: Stonebridge Exhibits

Exhibit: 1.0 Application  2.0 Narrative  2.1 Concept Plan  3.0 Zoning Standards

Exhibit: 4.1 Legal Description  4.2 Plat of Survey  4.3 Ownership Information

Exhibit: 4.4 Site Plan  4.5 Schematic Drawings  4.6 Construction Sequence

Exhibit: 4.7 Maintenance of Common Space and Governance Structure 

Exhibit: 5.1 Conceptual Landscape Plan  5.2 Conceptual Manor House Plan

Exhibit: 5.3 Site Restoration  5.4 KMA Fiscal Impact Study

Exhibit: 5.5 KLOA Parking and Circulation Memo  5.6 KLOA Traffic Study

Exhibit: 5.7 Stakeholder Testimony

Attachment B.1: Stonebridge Key Design Principles and Features

Attachment B.1: Continued

Attachment C: Stonebridge PRD Amendment Process Flow Chart

Attachment D: Village Consultant Baxter & Woodman, Inc. Traffic Study Review

Attachment E: Memorandum from Village Consultant SB Friedman and Co. Regarding the Stonebridge Development Fiscal Impact Analysis

Attachment F: Section 10-5J of the Zoning Code Outlining the PRD Regulations

Attachment G: Procedures for Public Hearing on Preliminary Stonebridge PRD Plan

Attachment H: November 28, 2012 PCZBA Meeting Minutes

Attachment I: Comprehensive Plan Land Use & Development Areas Objectives/Policies

Public Correspondence Received as of October 22, 2014

 

The North Shore Electricity Aggregation Consortium (Consortium) has worked collaboratively since 2012 to save participating residential and commercial customers in member communities millions of dollars off of Commonwealth Edison’s (ComEd) electricity supply rates.  In 2012, the municipalities of Deerfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Northbrook, Park Ridge and Skokie, collectively known as the Consortium, entered into a three-year contract with MC Squared Energy Services, LLC (mc2) to serve as the alternative electricity supplier to the almost 70,000 Consortium customers.  The contract with mc2 will end with the May 2015 billing cycle.

The Consortium has entered into a new agreement with Integrys Energy Services (soon to be consolidated into Constellation Energy Services) to provide electricity supply and services to Consortium communities.  The communities will monitor electricity pricing with the goal of locking in rates that will be lower than the new ComEd default rates that are expected to be announced in April.

The transition process to the new supply contract will include the following stages:

  1. ComEd will send letters to all accounts currently enrolled in the aggregation program notifying them that their current supply contract is expiring and that their account will revert to the ComEd default rate starting in May, 2015. 
  2. If a new electricity supply price is set, the Consortium will send opt-out letters to all residential and small commercial accounts to provide account owners the opportunity to either participate or opt-out of the new municipal aggregation supply contract.  Accounts that are enrolled in the new municipal aggregation supply contract will then receive a final letter from ComEd verifying that the account has been enrolled into the program. 
  3. If a new rate cannot be set that is less than ComEd’s default rate, customers will remain with ComEd.

The new 24-month agreement with Integrys Energy Services resulted from an extensive, competitive process that started in November 2014.  Responses to a Request for Proposals (RFP) process from suppliers were evaluated by the Consortium’s members, legal counsel, and energy consultant. The Consortium negotiated with the suppliers to gain meaningful consumer safeguards and supply standards that include affordable renewable energy options. The goal of this has always been to seek opportunities to save electricity customers money on their electric bill.  The intent of the Consortium is to seek the lowest price available to residents.

About Electric Aggregation & the Consortium:

Illinois law authorizes municipalities to aggregate the electric loads of residential and small commercial retail customers and to then solicit bids, select a retail electric supplier, and enter into a supply agreement to facilitate the purchase of electricity and related services and equipment on behalf of its residents and small businesses. By aggregating electric supply services, lower rates are anticipated for the purchase of electricity than the standard rate offered by ComEd. In an effort to maximize the amount of savings for customers, the communities of Deerfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Northbrook, and Skokie worked together through an Intergovernmental Agreement and created the North Shore Electric Aggregation Consortium.

As required by State law, each municipality advanced a referendum and on March 20, 2012 voters in all Consortium communities approved referendums authorizing each municipality to operate an “opt-out” electricity aggregation program for residents and small businesses.  Additional information is available by calling Drew Irvin, Village Administrator, at 847-283-6883.

On March 14, 2016, following a public hearing and presentation, the Village Board approved first reading of the Tentative Biennial Budget for the fiscal years commencing May 1, 2016 and ending April 30, 2018; second and final reading was approved on March 28th.  A copy of the presentation is provided below.

This budget, in the amount of $14,043,941 plus $1,192,218 in inter-fund transfers for FY2017 and $13,934,293 plus $1,241,853 in inter-fund transfers for FY2018, includes the Village of Lake Bluff funds and the Lake Bluff Public Library funds.  For the first time ever the Village approved a two-year fiscal plan; this multi-year budget process emphasizes long-range planning, budgeting for results, effective program management, and fiscal responsibility.  Specifically, the primary objectives of this budget are to: (i) maintain current fund balances at or above Village minimum reserve levels, (ii) control operational costs, (iii) continue reinvestment in Village infrastructure, and (iv) continue to deliver quality and efficient services residents expect from the Village of Lake Bluff.  Additionally, this budget has been assembled with the intention to allocate resources consistent with the developed 2016 Village Strategic Plan. 

Copies of the Biennial Budget are available for public inspection at Village Hall, the Public Safety Building, the Lake Bluff Library, and by clicking on the links below.  Following the Public Hearing the Biennial Budget may be further revised and passed without any further inspection, notice or hearing.

Fiscal Years May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2018 Tentative Biennial Budget:     Part I     Part II

Employee Compensation Program as of May 20, 2016

Tentative Biennial Budget Presentation

(UPDATED- October 26, 2016, 10:00 a.m.) --- Officers from the Lake Bluff Police Department are investigating a battery that occurred along the Robert McClory Bike Path, adjacent to Sheridan Road on Tuesday evening.

Shortly before 7:00 p.m. a 44 year old female North Chicago resident reported she was jogging along the path north of East Blodgett Avenue when a Hispanic male approached her and pushed her to the ground. The victim was able to scream and frighten off the suspect, who fled east to a pick-up truck on Sheridan Road. The suspect entered the driver’s side of the vehicle and fled north on Sheridan Road towards North Chicago.

The suspect was described as about 35-40 years of age, 5’7”-5’8” in height, average build, long hair, and possibly wearing a hat and a jacket. Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area to contact the Police Department at 847-234-8760 if they observed anything along Sheridan Road during this time. 

The Lake Bluff Police Department will have an increased presence in the area and will be conducting directed patrols on the trail.

Users of the path are urged to take the following steps to protect themselves when using paths and trails:

  • Always stay alert and be aware of your surroundings (don't wear earphones).
  • Walk, run or bike with a partner or group.
  • Let someone know when you are on the trail, your route and when you expect to return.
  • Walk, run or bike when the path or trail is likely to have a higher volume of foot traffic.
  • Avoid using paths or trails when it is dark outside.
  • Carry a cell phone.

Residents are further encouraged to report any suspicious activity by calling 847-234-2151.

In early 2015 the Committee-of-the-Whole (COW) met with Staff to discuss the potential redevelopment of the Central Business District (CBD), more specifically, Block Two (bounded by Scranton/Oak/North/Walnut) and Block Three (bounded by Scranton/Oak/Evanston).  To best prepare for potential downtown redevelopment, the Village engaged Teska Associates, Inc. (Teska), a land use planning firm, to perform a visual preference survey of both CBD Blocks Two and Three, and using input from the community, prepare Downtown Design Guidelines. 

The Downtown Design Guidelines are derived from the community outreach activities and best design and planning practices.  They are intended to promote the vitality and economic health of Lake Bluff’s downtown by providing design direction on the type, character and quality of the built environment that unify Blocks Two and Three with the surrounding CBD areas.  Additionally, the purposes of the Downtown Design Guidelines are to:

  • Implement the general policies and recommendations of the 1998 CBD Planning Study by providing more detailed guidelines and specifications governing building architecture and improvements to public streetscapes within Blocks Two and Three; and
  • Establish a set of standards and identify elements of building streetscape design that the Village should encourage in the downtown.

In the spring of 2015 the Village commenced with a public engagement process and sought feedback from a variety of community stakeholders, including elected and appointed officials and CBD neighbors. A website was created for the Downtown Visioning Project that shared information with the community, and from April 24 to May 31, 2015, invited the community to upload photographs of their favorite destinations for use in the Visual Preference Survey.  The photographs were then used in the online survey (available from June 17 to July 31, 2015) and at the Open House held on June 24, 2015.  At its meeting on October 26, 2015 the Village Board accepted the draft Downtown Subarea Visioning Report (Report) and referred it to the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals (PCZBA) and the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) for finalization. 

Update:

 

  • On August 8th the Village Board approved second and final reading of an ordinance amending the Village's Comprehensive Plan.  The amendment to the Comprehensive Plan adopts: (i) the Ten Planning Principles for CBD Block Two (bounded by E. Scranton Ave., Walnut Ave., E. North Ave. and Oak Ave.) and CBD Block Three (bounded by E. Scranton Ave., Oak Ave., E. North Ave. and Evanston Ave.); (ii) amendments to the downtown land use plan; (iii) and amendments to the downtown long-range parking plan as presented below.  Please know this recommendation does NOT include a recommendation regarding the Downtown Design Guidelines.  The Village Board had approved first reading at its meeting on July 25, 2016.  

    August 8, 2016 Village Board Packet

    July 25, 2016 Village Board Packet


    Supplemental material
  • On June 8, 2016 the PCZBA concluded the public hearing to consider amending the Comprehensive Plan and recommended the Village Board approve the following: (i) the Ten Planning Principles for CBD Block Two (bounded by E. Scranton Ave., Walnut Ave., E. North Ave. and Oak Ave.) and CBD Block Three (bounded by E. Scranton Ave., Oak Ave., E. North Ave. and Evanston Ave.); (ii) amendments to the downtown land use plan; (iii) and amendments to the downtown long range parking plan as presented below.

    PCZBA Recommendation: Planning Principles, Downtown Lane Use Plan and Long Range Public Parking Plan

    June 8, 2016 PCZBA Packet

  • On June 7, 2016 the ABR met and recommended the Board approve the following: (i) the Downtown Design Guidelines with certain photographs removed (refer to the June 7, 2016 ABR Packet) noting the remaining photographs are intended to illustrate what is discussed in the caption and other aspects of the photograph may not be suitable for development in Lake Bluff; and (ii) establish a downtown daylight plane (refer to the June 7, 2016 ABR Packet) requiring any third story to be setback from the wall of the second floor.

    June 7, 2016 ABR Packet
  • On May 18, 2016 the PCZBA commenced with a public hearing to consider the Proposed Amendments to the Village's Comprehensive Plan.  Following feedback from the public and questions and discussion from the PCZBA Members, the PCZBA continued their discussion to a special meeting on June 8, 2016 (7:00 p.m.). 

    Any person desiring to be heard or desiring to present any evidence or testimony relating to said matter should appear at the time and place above specified. Information will be available for inspection beginning on the Friday before the aforementioned meeting date at the front counter of the Village Hall, 40 East Center Avenue, Lake Bluff, Illinois and online.

    May 18, 2016 PCZBA Meeting Packet

  • On May 3, 2016 the ABR discussed the Downtown Design Guidelines and recommended the following changes: i) third floors should be less visible to pedestrians from ground level, and ii) apply a daylight plane restriction to the third floor to further regulate building height.  At its next meeting, scheduled for June 7, 2016 (7:00 p.m.), the ABR will review the photographs currently used in the Downtown Design Guidelines and consider a recommendation regarding which photographs are appropriate and characteristic of the types of development within the Village.

    May 3, 2016 ABR Meeting Packet
  • On February 9, 2016 the PCZBA and ABR were scheduled to further discuss the Downtown Design Guidelines and Planning Principles; however, due to the late hour, the discussion was continued to an upcoming joint workshop meeting. 
  • On January 20, 2016 the PCZBA and the ABR met for a workshop meeting and discussed the design guidelines for Blocks Two and Three presented by Teska Associates.  The members drafted revisions to the 10 planning principles contained within the Downtown Design Guidelines and received comments from the public.  The PCZBA /ABR anticipate scheduling an additional workshop meeting to finish the discussion of the Downtown Design Guidelines and forward a recommendation to the Village Board. 

    Click here to view the revised 10 planning principles.
  • On December 16, 2015 the PCZBA and the ABR held a joint workshop and received a report and presentation of the findings from Jodi Mariano of Teska. Following a discussion of the results and neighborhood feedback, further consideration and discussion of the report is scheduled for January 20, 2016 (7:00 p.m.) in the Village Hall Board Room.

 

February 9, 2016 Joint PCZBA and ABR Meeting Packet

January 20, 2016 Joint PCZBA and ABR Meeting Packet

December 16, 2015 Joint PCZBA and ABR Meeting Packet

For additional information, please contact Brandon Stanick, Asst. to the Village Administrator, at 847-283-6889.

 

Lake County and all participating municipalities are in the process of updating the Lake County All Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (ANHMP). The ANHMP identifies activities and projects to reduce damage caused by natural hazards such as tornadoes, floods, and severe summer and winter storms. Mitigation is the action of reducing the impact of a natural hazard.  Public input and comments are important to the ANHMP update. All Lake County residents and property owners are encouraged to complete a short survey by clicking here or on the link below. Survey responses provided will help Lake County prioritize natural hazards that could impact residents and property owners, and determine how to better prepare for natural hazard emergencies.

Lake County 2016 Natural Hazards Public Survey.