The City of Lake Forest Historic Preservation Commission was established in 1997 as a continuation of the City's long tradition of taking proactive steps to preserve the historic character of Lake Forest. The Commission is made up of seven Lake Forest residents who are appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council. The Commissioners serve for a maximum of three two-year terms on a staggered basis. The Commission is governed by the Historic Preservation Ordinance
The Commission is responsible for carrying on the tradition in Lake Forest by preserving historic buildings, gardens and streetscapes as well as the overall historic character of the community. The Commission reviews projects that are inside the boundaries of the City's Historic Districts and projects that affect individual Landmark properties located throughout the City. The Commission reviews proposals for complete and partial demolitions, for new construction and requests for Building Scale variances. The Commission is also responsible for reviewing and evaluating the design and compatibility of additions and alterations. Utilize the links on the right to learn more about the Historic Preservation Commission or download an application.
To determine if your upcoming project requires review by the Historic Preservation Commission, please contact Jen Baehr
, Assistant Planner, at 847.810.3520
The Historic Preservation Commission meets regularly on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 220 E. Deerpath.
To submit an application for Historic Preservation Commission consideration, click here
. You will be taken to the online submittal portal. Select "Apply for a Planning, Zoning or Engineering Process" from the left column and upload a completed Historic Preservation Commission Application
and submittal documents for your project.The * indicated below in the approved meeting schedule is a change in the normally scheduled meeting.
|Wednesday, March 17*
|Wednesday, November 17*
|December - No Meeting
|Bruce Grieve, Chairman
||1301 Knollwood Circle
||148 Washington Circle
||59 Franklin Place
||1099 Polo Drive
||1111 Inverlieth Rd
||754 Highview Terrace
|Staff: Jen Baehr,
|800 Field Drive
|Staff: Catherine Czerniak,
Director of Community Development
|800 Field Drive