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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 Jen Baehr, Assistant Planner 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.

To submit an application for Building Review Board consideration, click here.

You will be prompted to login to the submittal website.  If you have not registered yet, please contact Carolynn Gaylord at 847.810.3521 to receive registration information.  If you have questions about the Building Review Board process, please contact Jen Baehr, Assistant Planner at 847.810.3520.

2020 Building Review Board Meeting Schedule
(Submittal Deadline noted in parenthesis at 3:30pm)

Tuesday, January 7*
(Submittal Deadline: November 29)

February 5
(Submittal Deadline: December 27)

March 4
(Submittal Deadline: January 24)

April 1
(Submittal Deadline: February 21)

May 6
(Submittal Deadline: March 27)

June 3
(Submittal Deadline: April 24)

July 1
(Submittal Deadline: May 22)

Thursday, August 6*
(Submittal Deadline: June 26)

September 2
(Submittal Deadline: July 24)

October 7
(Submittal Deadline: August 28)

November 4
(Submittal Deadline: September 25)

December 2
(Submittal Deadline: October 23)


Building Review Board Members

Jim Diamond, Chairman 1800 Amberley Court 224-544-5344
Chris Bires 500 Douglas Drive 847-917-8192
Joanne Bluhm 1210 Wild Rose Lane 847-295-5990
Sally Downey 475 E. Westminster 847-234-4881
John Looby III 1764 Bowling Green 847-366-9829
James Sykora 873 Forest Hill Rd 847-295-8433
Richard Walther 1296 Oak Knoll Drive 847-234-1962
Staff: Jen Baehr,
Assistant Planner
800 Field Drive 847-810-3520
Staff: Catherine Czerniak,
Director of Community Development
800 Field Drive 847-810-3504



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

Event's details
December 02, 2020

Time:06:30 PM - 11:00 PM



Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Building Review Board 12.2.2020

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Building Review Board 11.4.2020
Agenda / Video

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Building Review Board 10.7.2020
Agenda / Video / Minutes

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

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