In re: Concerned Citizens of Lake Bluff versus the Village of Lake Bluff, IL. June 10, 2016
The following board meetings have ended:
VILLAGE OF LAKE BLUFF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD JUNE 7, 2016 7 P.M.
JOINT PLAN COMMISSION & ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS JUNE 8, 2016 7 P.M.
The above meetings were completed with guidelines and recommendations voted on and approved to be further sent to the Board of Trustees, the Lake Bluff Village Board, re: Block 3 planning … along Scranton Ave. east of Block 2.
In the attached packets from the above referenced meeting meetings you will find that the following was, in fact, recommended to the village.
Recommendations from the Architectural Review Board Meeting on June 7th, 2016:
1.) A 45 degree roofline on the proposed downtown daylight plan. Final Page.
2.) Preferences for roofing are seen as are materials to be used. Page 16.
3.) “Visible breaks in building mass for multi-family structures is encouraged.” Page 13.
4.) Page 8 specifically states 10 parameters that should be followed.
#3 “Block 3 should be treated as a residential transition between the CBD to the west and scaled to the surrounding neighborhoods.” This is very specific as it relates to height and density.
#9 Mature stands of trees and open space should be preserved. (See “green lot” at the end of block 3.)
From the Joint Plan Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting on June 8, 2016:
Nothing was decided and discussions were largely about the colors used for zoning but no zoning issues were resolved or changed. The Block 3 area is still zoned as it has been for many years but leaning toward multi-family due only to a change in color from red to brown. How the color changed and when was not determined but I stated that this is a major issue for me and the rest of my neighbors.
Chairman Kraus stated to me and Tom Mcafee that the planning for block 3 will likely be done by means of a “Land Development Contract” which he claims to have spoken about since February so zoning changes won’t be needed. Drew Irvin said this is done all over now.
Tom and I stated that we disagree that the village citizens should be subjected to such a way of doing business with so much at stake for us; Block 3 is so close to our homes as was not the case for other projects like “Target.”
The position of the Concerned Citizens stays exactly the same as it has for the last several months and, in fact, the ARB position seems to support our view:
Petition to various boards in the Village of Lake Bluff, Ill.
It is apparent to us that the citizens of this town do not want the following:
1.) No High density structures…no more than existing zoning laws.
2.) No 3 story structures. If the entire roof line is slanted but still allowed to go to 36 feet, people like us would be blocked in and our property values would plummet. A defined line across the entire block destroys a large landscape of sunlight for families in the north of Scranton Ave.
3.) No zoning changes to help out a developer. The only reason for zoning changes would be to benefit a chosen few people. (Builders and developers; investors therein.)
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