The Northbrook Board of Trustees unanimously approved a package of local ordinances and code amendments to promote the development of affordable housing in the Village. The December 8 Board vote endorsed the recommendations of the Northbrook Plan Commission, described in detail in the Chamber’s December newsletter.
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A Message from Chamber Board Chair Bob Caldwell, Hallmark Homecare
It’s a longstanding tradition for the Chamber Board Chair to share some thoughts at the start of the new year, reflecting on the accomplishments of the preceding months. Trying to create a “Year in Review” for 2020 is, to say the least, daunting. I don’t need to tell you that this year has been filled with stress, uncertainty, and devastating hardship for many of our members. Without downplaying the harsh realities, allow me to highlight a few silver linings that helped sustain our organization in 2020 and give me optimism about the outlook ahead.
The Chamber’s Board of Directors will welcome three new faces beginning in January 2021: Lee Brooks, Bell Flavors & Fragrances; Mark DeBartolo, Len Roofing and Remodeling; and Amy Kahhat, First Bank of Highland Park. These individuals join our 20-member Board to help guide the Chamber’s direction as the organization transitions out of its COVID-emergency operations.
Despite the challenges facing the restaurant industry, Northbrook is welcoming new eateries offering varied menus. Fans of Indian cuisine are looking forward to the imminent opening of Maharaj Indian Grill, and springtime will bring gourmet pizzas with wine pairings at Napolita Pizza and Wine Bar.
Northbrook’s Village Board will consider the recommendations of the Plan Commission on a new affordable housing policy on December 8, including a series Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code text amendments. The amendments under consideration have the stated goal of providing “affordable housing for low-to-middle income households in order to increase housing opportunities for a diverse population and to provide housing for those who live or work in the Village.”
While the holiday season will look different this year, local businesses and organizations are finding innovative ways to promote a festive spirit. Socially distanced, drive thru, and virtual opportunities are available to entertain your family safely. Be sure to check out these special events:
The value of experience was a recurring theme at the Northbrook Caucus Town Meeting, held virtually on November 15. The meeting of approximately 400 residents approved the nomination of Kathryn Ciesla as Village President, filling the seat of retiring President Sandy Frum.
Early Retirements for Top Staff Included in Cost-Saving Strategies
Recognizing the harsh impact of the pandemic on local residents and businesses, the Northbrook Board of Trustees endorsed a proposed 2020 property tax levy that is essentially unchanged from the previous year. The total Village portion of the tax levy would be $21,865,790, a reduction of approximately $17,000 compared to 2019. The challenge for the Village will be how to cut costs given the dramatic fall in sales taxes and other sources caused by the pandemic.