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Jen Baehr Assistant Planner P:847.810.3520

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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 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.

To submit an application for Building Review Board consideration, click here.  You will be taken to the online submittal portal.  Select "Apply for a Planning, Zoning or Engineering Process" in the left column and upload your Building Review Board Application and submittal documents.

2021 Building Review Board Meeting ScheduleThe * 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. 

Meeting Date Submittal Deadline
January 6 November 20
February 3 December 23
March 3 January 22
April 7 February 26
 Thursday, May 6* March 26
June 2 April 23
July 7 May 28
Thursday, August 5* June 25
September 1 July 23
October 6 August 27
November 3 September 24
December 1 October 22


Building Review Board Members
Name Address Phone
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 Drive 847.366.9829
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
2021

12/01/21 Regular Meeting
11/03/21 Regular Meeting
10/06/21 Regular Meeting
09/01/21 Regular Meeting
08/05/21 Regular Meeting
07/07/21 Regular Meeting
06/02/21 Regular Meeting
05/06/21 Regular Meeting
04/07/21 Regular Meeting
03/03/21 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet      
02/03/21 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Video      
01/06/21 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Video      
2020

12/02/20 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Video      
11/04/20 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Video      
10/07/20 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Video      
09/02/20 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Video      
08/05/20 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Video      
07/01/20 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Video      
02/05/20 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
01/07/20 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
2019

12/04/19 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
11/06/19 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
09/04/19 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
08/08/19 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
07/02/19 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
06/05/19 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
05/01/19 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
04/03/19 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
03/12/19 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
02/07/19 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
01/03/19 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
2018

11/29/18 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
11/07/18 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
10/03/18 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
09/05/18 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
08/02/18 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
07/05/18 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
06/06/18 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes       Video      
05/02/18 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
04/04/18 Cancelled Meeting Agenda      
03/07/18 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
02/07/18 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes      
01/03/18 Regular Meeting Agenda       Minutes       Video      
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