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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 847-810-3511 to schedule a predevelopment meeting.

The Board meets regularly on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 220 E. Deerpath.  Regular Building Review Board meetings are broadcast LIVE and rebroadcast Mondays at 8:00 a.m.. and Sundays at 7:00 p.m. on Channel 17.  Meetings can also be found on the City's You Tube channel.

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.

 2015 Building Review Board Meeting Schedule

Meeting Date Submittal Deadline
(by 3:30pm)
January 7  November 26
February 4 December 23
March 4 January 22
April 1**   February 19 
May 6 March 26
June 3 April 23
July 1  May 21
August 10*  July 2
September 2 July 23
October 7 August 27
November 4 September 24
December 2 October 22

** The April meeting falls during Spring Break and may be adjusted.


Building Review Board Members

Name Address Phone
Ted Notz, Chairman 44 E. Stone Avenue 847-295-1810
Michael Bleck 1091 Ridge Road 847-295-5200
Ross Friedman 1492 Minthaven Road 847-436-5484
Bruce Grieve 1301 Knollwood Circle 847-234-4362
Robert Reda 170 Washington Circle 877-809-4567x2
Jim Diamond 1800 Amberley Court 224-544-5344
Fred Moyer 1044 Walden Lane 847-615-8235
Staff: Catherine J. Czerniak,
Director of Community Development
800 Field Drive 847-810-3504
Staff: Kate McManus,
Assistant Planner
800 Field Drive 847-810-3520


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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Building Review Board 9.2.15

Monday, August 10, 2015

Building Review Board 8.10.15
Agenda / Video

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Building Review Board 7.28.15
Agenda / Video / Minute

220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600

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