Committees & Commissions
Affordable Housing Commission
The Affordable Housing Commission is the lead Lake County governmental agency assisting county, township and municipal governments in promoting affordable housing by setting public policy and priorities. The Affordable Housing Commission advises the Community Development Commission and the Lake County Consortium regarding federal Lake County Consortium Housing Funds and County Affordable Housing Fund. The Affordable Housing Commission is comprised of representatives from the County Board, housing authorities, the real estate industry (including homebuilders, for-profit and non-profit developers, lenders, and real estate agents), and the general public.
Community Development Commission
The Community Development Commission has primary responsibility for developing the County’s community development policies in the Consolidated Plan and carrying them out through the Annual Action Plan. These activities are funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development through CDBG, HOME Investments Partnerships, ESG and other grant programs. The Commission advises the Health and Community Services Committee and the Lake County Board to approve and adopt these policies. The Community Development Commission consists of fifteen members including: representatives of the County Board, mayors or village presidents, and local citizen representatives. The chairs of the County Board and the Community and Economic Development Committee serve as ex-officio members. Commission members are appointed by the County Board Chair with County Board approval.
Health & Community Services Committee
The Health & Community Services Committee is a standing committee of the Lake County Board responsible for community development activities, housing activities, tourism activities, economic development activities, budget and ordinance review for the Lake County Health Department and the Tuberculosis Clinic, and all health-related issues. The Committee also oversees the Health Department, Regional Superintendent of Schools, Veteran’s Assistance Commission, Winchester House, Workforce Development Board, local Chambers of Commerce, the Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Community Development Commission, Affordable Housing Commission, and Lake County Partners. The committee is comprised of seven County Board members appointed by the County Board Chair with County Board approval.
Planning, Building and Zoning Committee
The Planning, Building and Zoning Committee is a standing committee of the County Board. It considers issues related to long-range and current planning, including land use, subdivisions and requests for rezoning. The committee is comprised of seven County Board members appointed by the County Board Chair with County Board approval.
Regional Planning Commission
The Regional Planning Commission is an advisory commission to the County Board on the Framework Plan and its five-year update and also performs an advisory function concerning land development. It reviews zoning map and text amendments, conditional use permits, and planned unit development proposals as specified in the county's Unified Development Ordinance. It makes recommendations on these matters to the review and decision-making bodies, the Zoning Board of Appeals and/or the County Board. The Commission is made up of fifteen members appointed by the County Board Chair with County Board approval.
Zoning Board of Appeals
The Zoning Board of Appeals conducts public hearings to consider zoning text and map amendments, conditional use permits, variations and administrative appeals. The Zoning Board of Appeals renders final decisions on variations, administrative appeals and certain conditional use permits and recommends to the County Board on other matters. The board consists of seven members and two alternate members appointed by the County Board Chair with County Board approval.