Village News

The evening of December 19, the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals will consider establishing new development rules for recreational, institutional, and open space uses of land. The goal of these rules is to provide greater certainty about land uses and simplify the development process for applicants and residents.

Zoning regulates permissible land uses and construction - such as building setback and height - for land based on its location. Today, most recreational, institutional, and open space uses within the Village are located within residential zones. For example, the Village Code treats Lake Bluff Park District's Community Center identically to your single family home. In practice, these uses operate under a series of special exceptions (e.g. variations and special use permits) that relieve them of these constraints. However, these exceptions mean that even small projects require time and multiple reviews to enact. Additionally, owing to their zoning, property owners may maintain the legal right to convert their property to their "intended" residential uses without the review these changes deserve.

The Village has proposed establishing a new Recreational, Institutional, and Open Space ("RIO") district to:

  • Create a set of flexible regulations that are more suited for these unique uses.
  • Increase the efficiency of regulation and reduce the time and expense that taxpayer-funded and charitable organizations must undertake to improve their property.
  • Ensure that the public is still notified of significant changes to existing uses and can participate in decision-making.
  • Provide a high degree of predictability to neighboring property when major changes in use are proposed for land historically used for public purposes.

You can view a full copy of the proposed regulations here. The Village proposes to rezone over 200 parcels of land into the RIO zoning district. You can view an interactive map of the areas proposed for rezoning here. 

Examples of property that will be rezoned include:

  • Government Buildings: Village Hall; the Public Safety Building; Lake Bluff Public Works; the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency; and the Lake Bluff Public Library.
  • Parks: Artesian, Blair, Mawman, Ravine, and Sanctuary Parks; The Lake Bluff Recreation Center and Golf Course; and Sunrise Beach.
  • Schools: Lake Bluff Elementary School; Lake Bluff Middle School; and Forest Bluff School.
  • Houses of Worship: Grace United Methodist Church and Union Church.
  • Open Spaces: Parcels along Sheridan Road. The Skokie Land and Water Reserve. Oriole Grove Forest Preserve.

If you would like to know more, contact Glen Cole at (847) 283-6889 or via e-mail.

There are many effective, economical, and easy-to-use pest control options that are much better for human health and wildlife than rodenticides. Save our owls: Consider sealing holes, securing food, and using electronic or snap traps to stop mice problems.

Please click here for more information regarding The Risks of Rodenticides and Alternative Solutions to keeping our Owls safe and rodents out.


Kiosk line too long? Running late for the train? You can now use your phone from anywhere to pay for parking at the Village's Metra station.

All you need is your license plate number and a credit or debit card. 

Go to on your phone for instructions and use code 60044 when paying.

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, the Village of Lake Bluff experienced a significant rain storm that has been estimated as a 140-year storm by Lake County. The Village saw about 7 inches of rain in less than 10 hours. This resulted in flooded basements and the closure of many local streets such as Green Bay Road and highways including Route 176 and Route 41. Due to the scale and damage of the storm, the State of Illinois and Lake County declared an emergency. The Federal government may also declare the July 12 storm to be a natural disaster. This exceptional rain storm was followed by two other significant rain events occurring on July 20 and August 3. More flooding occurred in the Village due to the saturated ground and high intensity of rainfall, although it was not as damaging as the July 12 storm.

Through its Semi-Annual Collection Program, the Village provides residents an opportunity to dispose of large items not picked up as part of the normal refuse collection service on a semi-annual basis. Items that may be disposed of during the program include: mattresses, furniture, barbecue grills (without propane tank), among others.

Standard Collection Day Semi-Annual Collection Day
Monday; Residents west of Sheridan Road October 3
Tuesday; Residents east of Sheridan Road October 10

Residents are reminded that on the designated collection day, all items are required to be placed at the curb no earlier than 4:00 p.m. the day prior to the collection.

Please know that appliances will be accepted provided that all restricted parts and/or chemicals, such as Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or mercury switches have been removed. All appliances containing such chemicals must display a tag issued by a technician licensed to perform such removals, which provides proof that the aforementioned substances have been removed. Household chemicals such as paints, motor oil, and household cleaners are not accepted during any refuse pick-up. For information regarding the disposal of household chemical waste products, please contact the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) at 847-336-9340.

The following items will not be picked up during the semi-annual collection:

  • waste generated by businesses, institutions, schools, etc.;
  • explosives and ammunition;
  • fire extinguishers;
  • lead-acid batteries;
  • tires;
  • latex paint;
  • agricultural chemicals;
  • fireworks;
  • propane tanks;
  • smoke detectors;
  • medical waste;
  • oil-based paint;
  • solvents;
  • old prescriptions (Prescription Drop Box Program);
  • motor oil;
  • household cleaners;
  • household batteries (alkaline and rechargeable);
  • garden and lawn chemicals;
  • antifreeze;
  • pool chemicals;
  • asbestos;
  • mercury (including thermometers and thermostats);
  • humidifies, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, refridgerators and freezers (only collected if CFCs are removed and the device tagged);
  • microwaves;
  • ovens and other large appliances, i.e. stoves;
  • gasoline;
  • fungicides;
  • insecticides;
  • pesticides;
  • metal polishes;
  • paint remover;
  • driveway sealer;
  • drain cleaner;
  • aerosol products; and
  • hobby chemicals.

To obtain more information concerning the Semi-Annual Refuse Collection, please contact Village Hall at 847-234-0774.