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Catherine Czerniak Director of Community Development P:8478103504 Email us here

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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 Michelle Friedrich 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 N. 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.

2024 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
No January 2024 meeting  
February 7 December 22
March 6 January 20
April 3 February 23
 May 1 March 22
June 5 April 19
July 3 May 24
Thursday, August 8* June 28
September 4 July 26
Tuesday, October 1* August 23
November 6 September 27
December 4 October 25


Building Review Board Members
Name
Joanne Bluhm
Sally Downey
Timothy G. Franzen
Eric Lohmueller
John Looby III, Chairman
Scott Renken
Justin Stamer
Staff: Catherine Czerniak,
Director of Community Development


For access to historical agendas, minutes or packets, please visit the City's Online Records Portal available through the City's Content Management System, Laserfiche.
2024

12/04/24 Regular Meeting
11/06/24 Regular Meeting
10/01/24 Regular Meeting
09/04/24 Regular Meeting
08/08/24 Regular Meeting
07/03/24 Regular Meeting
06/05/24 Regular Meeting
05/01/24 Regular Meeting
04/03/24 Regular Meeting
03/06/24 Regular Meeting
02/07/24 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet      
2023

12/06/23 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet      
11/01/23 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
10/04/23 Regular Meeting - Cancelled Agenda      
09/06/23 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
08/03/23 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
07/05/23 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
06/07/23 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
05/03/23 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
04/10/23 Regular Meeting - Date Change Agenda       Packet       Minutes       More...
04/05/23 Regular Meeting Agenda      
03/01/23 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
02/01/23 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
01/04/23 Regular Meeting - Cancelled Agenda      
2022

12/07/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
11/02/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
10/06/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
09/07/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
08/04/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
07/06/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet      
06/01/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
05/17/22 Rescheduled Meeting Agenda       Packet      
05/04/22 Regular Meeting - Cancelled Agenda       Packet      
04/06/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
03/02/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Video      
02/02/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Video      
01/10/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Video      
01/05/22 Regular Meeting - Date Change Agenda      
2021

12/01/21 Regular Meeting - Cancelled Agenda      
11/03/21 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Video      
10/06/21 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Video      
09/01/21 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
08/19/21 Regular Meeting - Date Change Agenda       Packet       Minutes      
08/05/21 Regular Meeting - Postponed
07/07/21 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet      
06/02/21 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Video      
05/05/21 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Video      
04/07/21 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Video      
03/03/21 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Video      
02/03/21 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Video      
01/06/21 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       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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