Village News

The Village's approved budget for fiscal year 2020 is now available.  Note that this represents the formal adoption of the second year of the Village's FY2018-2020 biennial budget, consistent with State law and the Village's policy of biennial budgeting. The budget, represents updates to the anticipated FY2019-2020 budget considered by the Village Board of Trustees in April 2018.

The fiscal year 2020 budget was approved unanimously by the Village Board at their Monday, April 8 meeting.

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.

 

On the Bluff is a publication of the Village of Lake Bluff, the Lake Bluff Park District, and Lake Bluff School District 65 as part of ongoing efforts to cooperate, provide mutual support, and share services to increase efficiencies for our shared taxpayers. Please let us know what you think, and what you’d like to read about. Email or call any of the contacts listed inside.

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.