The long process of gathering public input on the future growth and development of the planning and zoning district began Tuesday with the first of two meetings scheduled for this week.


The long process of gathering public input on the future growth and development of the planning and zoning district began Tuesday with the first of two meetings scheduled for this week.
The first meeting was held at the Camden County courthouse, where more than 40 people showed up to meet with the planning and zoning staff and the consultants hired to develop the plan.
The second meeting takes place Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church on Bagnell Dam Blvd. in Lake Ozark.
Much of the meeting Tuesday was an overview of the process of developing a master plan and why it is needed. Presiding Commissioner Carolyn Loraine said the presenters explained the  process and the steps that will be taken to complete the plan over the next three years.
Dick Danowsky, a member of the citizens committee working with the planning staff and consultants and a volunteer for the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District, said the master plan is incredibly important to the future of the county included in the planning district.
A key to the development of a good plan that fits the needs of the area is citizen involvement, he said.
A master plan is about the future and what people want to see the area become, he said.
 Camden County adopted a master plan for the planning and zoning district that encompasses the lake in 2004.
Planning and zoning has been a controversial issues since it was adopted by the county. By involving the public throughout the process, the people who are directly impacted by the rules and regulations will be able to take an active role in helping shape the future of the district, planing director Chris Hall said.
The district encompasses the lake and extends up to five miles inland.
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