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Zoning Board of Appeals

  • 7:30 PM
  • First and third Thursdays of each month
  • City Hall 
    1707 St. Johns Ave.
    Highland Park, IL 60035

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  • Jami E. Bay, Chair - Term expires 2025
  • Alexis Yablon, Vice Chair - Term Expires 2025*
  • Irene S. Chase - Term expires 2027
  • Kevin Cullather - Term expires 2024
  • Brad Zaransky - Term expires 2027
  • Kenneth Beck, M.D. - Term Expires 2024*
  • Jonathan Treshansky - Term Expires 2026*


  • Patrick Hoffmann, Staff Liaison
  • Yumi Ross, City Council Liaison
  • Anthony Blumberg, Alternate City Council Liaison
  • Evan Hecht, Student Representative through 06/2025 
* May be reappointed for a second four-year term

The Zoning Board of Appeals consists of seven Highland Park residents appointed by the mayor and the City Council. Term appointments cover a period of four years. No commission member may serve for more than two full consecutive terms. 

The City of Highland Park's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has the responsibility for hearing and deciding upon applications for variations to the regulations of the City's Zoning Ordinance. The board also has the responsibility of hearing issues forwarded to it by the City Council. 

The ZBA, under the special exceptions and Compere rules, is also a principal hearing/advisory body to the Plan Commission and City Council on cases involving the amortization of legal non-conforming uses and structures. The board also has the authority to decide upon requests for variations from the ravine and steep slope setback requirements as well as certain regulations for fences. 

In most cases, the ZBA has the authority to make final decisions on requests for variances; such decisions can be appealed only to the courts and not to the City Council. 

For more information, please contact Patrick Hoffmann, staff liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals, at 847.926.1612, or