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Posted on: July 19, 2023

Lake Bluff Steep Slope Construction Study and Permit Abeyance Period through March 18

Village of Winnetka

On February 6, 2024, the Village Council adopted an ordinance establishing bluff regulations for development in the steep slope area along Lake Michigan and to amend the definitions for the lot line and the front yard setback along Lake Michigan (MC-01-2024). The Ordinance is now in effect. 

The Permit Abeyance Period the Village Council put into effect with the adoption of Ordinance No. MC-08-2023 expires March 18, 2024. Until then, the Village will not accept applications for, and will not issue, any permits for any construction within the steep slope areas along Lake Michigan that require a building permit from the Village.  However, the following construction activity within the steep slope zone requiring a building permit is exempted from this prohibition and permit applications for such construction will be accepted: repairs or general maintenance of the bluff or structures or utility facilities on the bluff, construction activity entirely within an existing building, or restoration of property, facilities, and structures that suffer a casualty loss. For a property containing a steep slope zone, the Village will continue to accept applications for construction activity located outside of the steep slope zone.

Learn more on our Lakefront Regulations page.

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