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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

 

In order to better communicate with the community during events requiring prompt notification, the Village uses "CodeRED" - a high-speed telephone emergency notification service. Residents who have moved or changed telephone/cell phone numbers over the past year are reminded to register their new information with the CodeRED System. Residents are encouraged to click here to assist in updating their contact information. For assistance with registration, place contact the Police Department non-emergency number at 847-234-2153.

The Public Works Recycling Center will be closed Sunday, April 16 for Easter. The Recycling Center’s regular hours of operation will resume Monday, April 17.  The Recycling Center is open Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On February 27, 2017, the Board of Trustees of Lake Bluff, Illinois unanimously adopted the Village’s 2023 Strategic Plan. The plan aims to unite the policy, resources, and stakeholders of the Village in service of the Village’s health and vitality.  It is the result of months of effort by community volunteers.

“The collective smarts of our residents come through the 2023 Strategic Plan clearly,” said Kathleen O’Hara, Village President. “I am grateful to all of those that gave their time, energy, and wisdom.”

The 2023 Strategic Plan envisions a Village that is “welcome, attractive and flourishing” thanks to its “authentic atmosphere of neighbors, traditions, safety and invigorating community life.” The plan speaks to a wide variety of topics that affect Lake Bluff’s quality of life, such as volunteerism, environmental conservation, business development, fiscal policy, and municipal services.

The Village hired Lynn Montei Associates in July 2016 to assist in developing the 2023 Strategic Plan. The seven-month process relied on two groups of volunteers: one to design and steer the plan process, and one to synthesize ideas and draft the plan. Three well-attended workshops were held for the community to provide input on September 29, October 1, and January 26.  

“There was a lot of input from the entire community,” said Gail Gamrath, a Lake Bluff resident and contributor to the plan. “The workshops were Lake Bluff at its best, a bunch of people who are proud of their village and who want to see it continue to grow in positive ways into the future.”

The adopted 2023 Strategic Plan can be viewed online at the Village website, lakebluff.org. The next product of the Village’s strategic planning process is the creation of an Implementation Plan, which would identify specific, operational steps for action by the Village itself and by community stakeholders. 

View the Adopted 2023 Strategic Plan

The Village kindly reminds customers of the Metra Commuter Parking Lot (east side of the tracks) to remember your ticket after making a purchase at the pay box.  This ticket must be placed on your vehicle’s dashboard to allow the Lake Bluff Police to easily read the ticket during their parking enforcement rounds.

From time to time, customers forget their ticket after making a purchase at the pay box. This may result in the police issuing you a citation, and may cause the pay box printer to jam.  In an effort to not inconvenience your fellow commuters please ensure you remove the ticket from the pay box printer and place it on your vehicle’s dashboard before exiting your vehicle.

If you have any questions regarding the pay box, please contact Franco Bottalico, Administrative Intern at 847-283-6882, or the Lake Bluff Police at 847-234-8760.