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Building Review Board

The Building Review Board was established in 1962. The Board is made up of seven Lake Forest residents who are appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council. The Board is responsible for carrying on the long tradition of Lake Forest by working to preserve the special character and uniqueness of various neighborhoods in the City and protect property values throughout the community.

The Board reviews projects that are outside the boundaries of the City’s Historic Districts and all proposals for demolition, in whole or part, of existing buildings, the architectural design of new buildings, building additions and alterations, requests for building scale variances, exterior lighting, signs, landscaping and overall site plans for new developments.  To determine if your upcoming project requires review by the Building Review Board, contact Community Development staff at 847-810-3520 to schedule a predevelopment meeting.

The Board meets regularly on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Municipal Services Facility, located at 800 Field Drive.  this meeting is conducted in a workshop format in an effort to facilitate a more engaging discussion in a collaborative setting.

The * indicated below in the approved meeting schedule is a change in the normally scheduled meeting. Meetings dates are subject to change from the approved schedule. Please check the Public Meeting Schedule for up to date information on the upcoming meetings.

2017 Building Review Board Meeting Schedule
(Submittal Deadline noted in parenthesis at 3:30pm)

January 4
(Submittal Deadline: November 23)

February 1
(Submittal Deadline: December 22)

March 1
(Submittal Deadline: January 20)

April 5
(Submittal Deadline: February 24)

May 3
(Submittal Deadline: March 24)

June 7
(Submittal Deadline: April 28)

July 5
(Submittal Deadline: May 26)

August 3*
(Submittal Deadline: June 23)

September 6
(Submittal Deadline: July 28)

October 4
(Submittal Deadline: August 25)

November 1
(Submittal Deadline: September 22)

December 6
(Submittal Deadline: October 27)


Building Review Board Members

Ted Notz, Chairman 44 E. Stone Avenue 847-295-1810
Chris Bires 500 Douglas Drive 847-917-8192
Jim Diamond 1800 Amberley Court 224-544-5344
Peter R. Dunne 121 N. Sheridan Road 847-224-0256
Ross Friedman 1492 Minthaven Road 847-436-5484
Fred Moyer 1044 Walden Lane 847-615-8235
Robert Reda 170 Washington Circle 877-809-4567 x2
Staff: Cathy Czerniak,
Director of Community
800 Field Drive 847-810-3504
Staff: Kate McManus
Assistant Planner
800 Field Drive 847-810-3520



Historic Preservation Commission and Building Review Board Tour (05:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

Event's details
July 31, 2017

Time:05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Location: City Hall, Lake Forest, IL -60045

The tour will begin at City Hall, 220 E. Deerpath. The Commission and Board will view projects previously considered by the Board and Commission and evaluate the effectiveness of the review processes.
No action will be taken by the Board or Commission during the tour.
For more information please contact Kate McManus at or 847-810-3520.

Building Review Board Meeting (06:30 PM - 11:00 PM)

Event's details
August 03, 2017

Time:06:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Municipal Services Building - Lower Level, Lake Forest, IL -60045



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Building Review Board 8.3.17

Monday, July 31, 2017

Historic Preservation Commission and Building Review Board Tour

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Building Review Board 7.5.17

220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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