Village News

The Village of Lake Bluff is considering amendments to its Sign Code for the L-1 and L-2 zoning districts to better serve property owners and tenants. The main purposes of the changes are to allow a sign or signs for each tenant in some situations, instead of limiting signs to one per lot, and to provide property owners with the option to get approval for a Master Sign Plan, which would eliminate the need to return to the Architectural Board of Review for a new approval for every tenant sign change.

The full text of the proposed changes can be viewed here. The proposed changes will be considered at the Architectural Board of Review meeting on September 3, 2019, at 7:00 PM at Village Hall, 40 E Center Avenue.

If you have any questions regarding this matter or wish to submit comments, contact Building Codes Supervisor Michael Croak via e-mail or by phone at 847-283-6885.

The Village's 2019 Water Quality Report contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water.

If you would like a paper copy mailed to your home, contact Village Hall by calling (847) 234-0774.

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On Monday, June 24 the Village will host a planning open house for its upcoming Green Bay Road reconstruction project. Residents are encouraged to attend and provide comment about the project including its design, schedule, detours, and other details. The Open House will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Lake Bluff Public Safety Building Community Room located at 45 East Center Avenue in Lake Bluff, Illinois.

While the actual road reconstruction will most likely not take place until 2021 or later (pending available funding), the Village needs to start planning now.  Noteworthy project goals include:

  1. The project will include reconstruction of Green Bay Road and utility repairs from IL Route 176 south to the Village’s southern limit.
  2. The Village intends to keep Green Bay Road in the same footprint, alignment and speed limits.
  3. Some tree removal will be necessary. 
  4. Pedestrian safety enhancements will be considered provided a safe and practical location(s) can be identified that links multiple uninterrupted sidewalks which lead to regular destinations (schools, parks, places of employment, activity trails, etc.).
  5. Storm water improvements will be installed as part of the project to reduce local flooding and meet Village design goals.
  6. Although not part of this meeting, it is anticipated that the Green Bay Road Bridge will be rehabilitated during the same period of time. 
  7. It is estimated that the total construction period will last 18 months and will require detours and bridge closure for extended periods of time.

Individuals who are unable to attend the meeting may view the exhibits by clicking here or by visiting Village Hall. You may submit written comments to:

Jeff Hansen, P.E., Village Engineer
Village of Lake Bluff, 40 East Center Avenue, Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044
(847) 283-6884 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Comments received on or before July 12 will be included in the Project Development Report.

There have been recent sightings of coyotes in and around the Village's ravines. It is extremely rare for coyotes to attack a person

Coyotes are native to Lake County and typically avoid humans. They help to reduce rodent populations in our area.

You should only contact Lake Bluff Police if a coyote appears sick, injured, or threatening your safety. Coyotes are protected wildlife under Illinois law, and can only be removed if they are causing property damage or present a risk to human health or safety. Depending on the circumstances, a state licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator may be able to relocate a coyote if permitted by law.  

If you want to discourage coyotes from loitering around your property, consider these tips:

  • Keep small pets (cats, rabbits, and small dogs) and their food indoors, especially after dark.
  • Clear brush and dense weeds to reduce prey habitats.
  • Keep trash contained within sealed containers.
  • Make sure your dogs are spayed or neutered. Coyotes are attracted to and do mate with domestic dogs.

The Village's Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee (SEC) has authored a roadmap to achieve sustainability for our Village. Their draft Sustainability Plan identifies key areas of concern, documents current conditions and best practices, and challenges Bluffers to be more sustainable through action.

The Plan describes how Lake Bluff can be more sustainable through actions in seven key areas:

  • Solid Waste Management and Recycling. Achieve recycling rates over 60% through a combination of waste reduction, materials reuse, and active promotion and expansion of recycling.
  • Energy Conservation. Leverage improvements in energy efficiency and alternative energy to reduce Lake Bluff’s single largest source of carbon emissions.
  • Water Conservation. Continue to reduce per capita usage of Lake Michigan water.
  • Stormwater Solutions. Become more resilient to natural hazards and our changing climate by implementing professional stormwater management practices that incorporate natural features.
  • Natural Spaces. Restore and protect Lake Bluff’s valuable, unique, and native natural resources.
  • Light Pollution. Balance economic and security needs with our small-town character and charm.
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. Promote transportation methods that impose lesser impact on our environment, promote our health, and improve our recreational opportunities and quality of life.

You can view the draft plan here.

Before it makes its recommendation to the Village Board, the SEC would like your comments on the draft plan. Contact Glen Cole at (847) 283-6889 or via e-mail with your thoughts.

IDOT will be resurfacing Skokie Highway (U.S. 41) from West Park Avenue in Highland Park to Belvidere Road (Illinois 120) in Park City. This resurfacing project will require nightly lane closures and daytime shoulder closures starting, weather permitting, April 8. This work is expected to be completed by October 31, 2019.

Most of the work will be performed between 8:00p.m. and 5:00a.m. with nightly travel lane closures.

From 5:00a.m. to 8:00p.m., travel lanes will be open but limited with work occurring on road shoulders.

Please contact Jon Schumacher, Area Construction Supervisor, at 847.705.4260, with any questions or concerns.