This position plays a key role in the City’s Community Development Department on a day-to-day basis. The Department’s role is to serve as an ally to residents, design professionals, builders, developers and business owners in the development process. The Department is responsible for managing and guiding growth and change in a manner consistent with the plans, policies and regulations adopted by the City Council and offers direct support to various Boards and Commissions.
The responsibilities of this position focus on short-term planning. This position provides primary support to the City’s architectural review board and Historic Preservation Commission and secondary support for other Boards, Commissions and special projects. Examples of specific tasks include: meeting with residents and their representatives, accepting development applications, analyzing site/architectural plans, visiting sites, providing public notice consistent with legal requirements, developing staff reports/informational packets, making presentations, drafting meeting minutes, maintaining files and documenting approvals. This position will also work on an ongoing basis to develop working relationships with local businesses and commercial property owners and will be involved in ongoing activities to support the vitality of the City’s business districts. This position offers the opportunity for advancement. Excellent benefit package.
The position requires knowledge of various disciplines including planning, architectural design and historic preservation. Experience with public processes is essential. Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and communicate clearly, with a focus on high-quality customer service, is important to success in this position. Ability to prepare maps, conduct architectural design reviews, produce illustrated documents and impressive presentations is required. The successful candidate must be flexible, respectful, cooperative and collaborative, able to both lead and follow. The ability to work under pressure, prioritize, work through controversy and meet deadlines is required. A minimum of 3 years’ experience working with development-related Boards and Commissions is preferred. The successful candidate must be willing to accept challenges, grow in the position, be part of a team and put service over self.
About The City of Lake Forest
A picturesque community located high on the bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan, Lake Forest is one of the eight suburban communities north of Chicago that are collectively referred to as “the North Shore.” Just 30 miles from downtown Chicago, Lake Forest’s 19,375 residents are spread out over 16.8 square miles with approximately 95% being zoned single-family residential.
Lake Forest is also known for the quality and character of its architecture, whether erected for residential, religious, educational or public purposes. For example, Market Square located in downtown Lake Forest was constructed in 1916 and was reported to be the first shopping center in the U.S. Today Market Square is home to many nationally recognized retail businesses as well as unique specialty stores.
Over the last decade Lake Forest has continued to develop 900 new residences. The city is beginning a transition from a developing community to a fully developed community. It is a family oriented community with excellent schools and outstanding recreational opportunities for its residents. The Parks and Recreation facilities are under the direction of the City Government and including one community park,... five neighborhood parks, a beach and boat launching area, an 18-hole golf course, a nature preserve and year-round recreational programming for all ages. plus beautiful Forest Park Beach which offers numerous activities along the shore of Lake Michigan.
The western boundary of the City is the Illinois Toll Road (I-94) with three interchanges serving the City. With two commuter railroads, the divided four-lane U.S. Route 41 which connects to the Edens Expressway on the south and Wisconsin 1-94 on the north, scenic Green Bay Road and Sheridan Road (Illinois 42), the four-lane Waukegan Road (Illinois 43), and the abovementioned Illinois Toll Road, the transportation arteries serving Lake Forest are exceptional.