Design Review Board

Meetings

  • 7 p.m.
  • 3rd Thursday of every month
  • Village Hall
    510 Green Bay Road
    Winnetka, IL 60093

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Members

MemberPositionPhone NumberTerm Ends
Kirk AlbinsonChair847-784-6976October 21, 2024
Michael KlaskinAt-Large847-881-2556October 15, 2021
Brooke KellyAt-Large847-420-4886May 1, 2020
Paul KonstantAt-Large847-967-6115December 1, 2022
Michael RitterAt-Large847-441-8862July 1, 2021
Chris MarxStaff Liaison847-716-3587N/A
Brad McLaneAt-Large847-441-0985November 15, 2024
Maggie MeinersAt-Large773-383-9197February 6, 2023


Purpose

The Design Review Board (DRB) consists of seven Winnetka residents appointed by the Village President with the advice and consent of the Village Trustees, with one member designated to serve as chairperson. Members of the DRB serve for terms of five years, which are staggered to assure the Board’s continuity. The DRB also serves as the Sign Board of Appeals. Although residency is the only defined qualification for serving on the DRB, members of the DRB are generally appointed on the basis of expertise and/or involvement in the fields of architecture, landscape design, real estate and commerce.

Powers & Duties

The primary functions of the Board are to:

  • Hold hearings on the issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness of design for external architectural features and site improvements in connection with building permit and sign permit requests for multi-family, institutional and commercial structures
  • Make findings and recommendations to the Village Council regarding Certificates of Appropriateness that are part of any building, zoning or development application that requires final approval by the Village Council
  • Make findings and to issue or deny Certificates of Appropriateness for all applications that are not subject to Village Council approval
  • Adopt and publish standards and criteria (i.e, design guidelines) for the review of external architectural features associated with the issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness
  • Formulate plans or guidelines for improving the appearance of privately owned real estate in the Village
  • Consult and cooperate with, and to provide comments to, the Plan Commission, Village departments, and the Village Council on matters affecting the appearance of the Village
  • And consider administrative appeals of any Sign Code decision or interpretation