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.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.
| Thursday, May 6*
|Thursday, August 5*
|Jim Diamond, Chairman
||1800 Amberley Court
||1210 Wild Rose Lane
||475 E. Westminster
|Timothy G. Franzen
||497 Rosemary Road
|John Looby III
||1764 Bowling Green Drive
||144 Wildwood Road
||1296 Oak Knoll Drive
|Staff: Jen Baehr,
|800 Field Drive
|Staff: Catherine Czerniak,
Director of Community Development
|800 Field Drive