Village News

While snowfall creates picturesque scenes in our Village, driving can be a headache! The Lake Bluff Police Department encourage these steps you can take to help improve your safety while driving: 

  • To allow for efficient snow plow access to clear roads, residents may not park on village streets overnight or after 2” of snow;
  • Make sure your car is prepared for cold temperatures and wintery conditions like snow and ice. Keep your equipment properly maintained and include a winter survival kit in your vehicle: an ice scraper, snow shovel and sand/salt;
  • Clear snow and ice off your car – including windows, mirrors, lights, reflectors, hood, roof and trunk;
  • Drive with your headlights on, and be sure to keep them clean to improve visibility;
  • Use caution when snow banks limit your view of oncoming traffic;
  • Avoid using cruise control in snowy or icy conditions. In adverse conditions, you want as much control of your car as possible;
  • Know how to brake on slippery surfaces. Vehicles with anti-lock brakes operate much differently from those that do not have anti-lock brakes. You should consult your vehicle's owner's manual for instructions on how to brake properly if your vehicle should start to skid;
  • Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season. This helps ensure you have a source of heat if you are stuck or stranded;
  • If you do venture out or are unexpectedly caught in a snowstorm and encounter problems, stay in your car and wait for help. You can run the car heater to stay warm for 10 minutes every hour, but make sure your exhaust pipe is clear of snow. There is a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning if snow blocks the pipe and enables the deadly gas to build up in your car. Open your window slightly to help prevent the buildup;
  • Keep your windshield washer reservoir full, and make sure your car has wiper blades that are in good condition;
  • Remember that speed limits are meant for dry roads, not roads covered in snow and ice. You should reduce your speed and increase your following distance as road conditions and visibility worsen;
  • Be cautious on bridges and overpasses as they are commonly the first areas to become icy;
  • Avoid passing snow plows and sand trucks. The drivers can have limited visibility, and the road in front of them could be worse than the road behind;
  • Monitor road and weather conditions by checking local news stations or Internet traffic and weather sites; and
  • If you must travel during a snowstorm or in blizzard conditions, be sure to let a relative, friend or coworker know where you are headed and your expected arrival time. Avoid the temptation to check or be on your phone while driving as all of your attention should be on arriving safely.

The Village would like to make residents aware of the ComEd scams that have been reported throughout various communities.  The scam artists are contacting customers by phone and in-person claiming to be ComEd representatives and telling customers their service will be disconnected unless payment is made. They instruct the individual to wire funds, or buy a prepaid credit card, and call them back with the personal identification number (PIN). Reminder to residents that representatives from ComEd always carry proper identification and never ask customers for cash or personal financial information.

To report any suspicious activity please contact the Lake Bluff Police Department at 847-234-2153.

The Village reminds residents that parking is prohibited on any street located in the Village between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from November 15th to April 1st, or after a snowfall of two inches or more.  Parking is restricted during this time to allow for snow removal operations, as well as emergency vehicles access throughout the Village.

Looking for a complete schedule of Lake Bluff fun?  Be sure to stop by BuzzOnTheBluff.com for a list and links of events and activities for all ages!

In combination with local police departments along the North Shore, the Lake Bluff Police Department has been investigating a recent rash of car burglaries.  In all cases, valuables were stolen from unlocked vehicles during the overnight hours.

The Lake Bluff Police Department strongly urges all residents to take the following basic precautions:

  • ALWAYS keep your car locked when unattended;
  • ALWAYS remove valuables such as computers, cash, checkbooks, GPS and cell phones from the car;
  • NEVER leave your keys, purse, wallet or sensitive information in your car; and
  • When possible, keep your car in the garage overnight with the garage doors closed and secured.

If anyone observes any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please call the Lake Bluff Police Department immediately at 847-234-2151 or dial 9-1-1.

The Village has received an application from The Roanoke Group (Petitioner) to amend the Village's Zoning Code to create and grant a Planned Mixed-Use Development (PMD) special use permit to redevelop the 0.76 acre parcel in the Lake Bluff Central Business District and R-4 Zoning District, commonly known as the former PNC Bank property at 120 E. Scranton Avenue (Property).  The existing site conditions include the existing single-story building, adjacent parking lots, and the unimproved land at the corner of Evanston and E. Scranton Avenues. To review the Village's discussions to date concerning the Downtown Design Guidelines visit: Downtown Design Guidelines.

Click here for a map of CBD BLOCK 3 - EXISTING CONTEXT SETBACKS & HEIGHTS

Summary Description

The application proposes a three story, 16 unit multi-family building with the third story set back from the second story building wall and fully-enclosed grade level parking for 32 spaces (Development). The Development proposes vehicular access off of Oak Avenue and Evanston Avenue with a permeable paver drive along the full length of the north side of the Property.  Additionally, the application proposes changing Oak Avenue between E. North Avenue and E. Scranton Avenue from one-way to two-way traffic.

Block Three Front Eevation

Site Plan

Application Review Process

Text Amendment Process - the Petitioner is requesting the Village amend the zoning code to create a new development tool to consider planned mixed-use developments as a special use in the Central Business District (CBD), C Residence District (R-5) and B Residence District (R-4).  The Process and Standards to amend the Zoning Code that are considered by the Village are available here.

Planned Mixed-Use Development Review Process
The Village's Zoning Code already has planned development regulations for residential property (planned residential development), as well as commercial property (planned commercial development).  The planned development process differs from the standard development review process in that it allows for a departure from the strict application of specific zoning requirements in an effort to promote progressive development and redevelopment of land by encouraging more creative and imaginative design than possible under the zoning regulations that generally apply.

The draft planned development process includes two rounds of review starting with a Development Concept Plan review phase with: (a) the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals (PCZBA), (b) the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) which is optional, and (c) the Village Board of Trustees. Each board conducts their own public meetings and/or hearings to evaluate the proposed development for consistency with specific standards and makes recommendations to the Village Board.  Each board may require the Petitioner to submit additional details as it may deem necessary in order to better understand the impact of the proposal.  The Village Board may grant, deny, or modify the proposal or send it back to the PCZBA and/or ABR for further consideration.  If granted preliminary approval, the development would return for the final review stage.

The Final Plan review phase provides time for the development of more specific plans prior to final approval consideration, including site engineering and stormwater detention details, public improvements among others.  The Final Plan review includes a public hearing  by the PCZBA and required ABR review before final consideration by the Village Board. 

Application Materials Received:

Part 1 (Staff memo, zoning analysis, application and site plan) Part 2 (building elevations)

Part 3 (traffic study) Part 4 (stormwater analysis, construction sequence & governance) 

Part 5 (fiscal impact analysis) Part 6 (draft PMD ordinance)

Part 7 (Village's response to traffic/stormwater studies) 

Public Meeting Schedule and Project Updates

All meetings conducted to consider the proposed Development are open to the public with time set aside to allow for public comment at each meeting.  All meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall Board Room (40 E. Center Ave.) unless otherwise noted.

Village Board Meeting - September 12, 2016 Village Board Meeting Packet The Village Board approved final reading of the Planned Mixed-Use Development regulations with the addition of establishing a 30' maximum height for all PMDs. Proposed plans that exceed the maximum height regulation would require a zoning variation. 

Village Board Meeting - August 22, 2016 Village Board Meeting Packet - The Village Board approved first reading of the proposed Planned Mixed-Use Development regulations at its meeting on August 22, 2016.

PCZBA Meeting - August 17, 2016 PCZBA Meeting Packet - The PCZBA recommended the Village Board approve the Planned Mixed-Use Development regulations. 

PCZBA Meeting - July 20, 2016 PCZBA Meeting Packet  - The PCZBA continued the public hearing to August 17th to further consider the proposed Development and the proposed text amendment to the Zoning Code.

PCZBA Meeting - June 15, 2016 PCZBA Meeting Packet - The PCZBA continued the public hearing to July 20th to allow The Roanoke Group time to respond to comments from the PCZBA concerning the proposed Development and text amendment to the Zoning Code.

Architectural Board of Review - to be determined.

Written comments 

In addition to commenting at public meetings throughout the course of the review process, comments may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or written and sent to:

Village of Lake Bluff
Community Development Department
40 E. Center Ave.
Lake Bluff, IL 60044

For additional information regarding the proposed Development, or review process, please contact Village Administrator Drew Irvin 847-283-6883.