A land disturbance application and zoning request has been filed for an unzoned and undeveloped parcel of land on Horseshoe Bend that one lake area developer plans to turn into a parking lot to ease parking issues near several popular lakefront venues.
Developer Gary Prewitt says the parking lot is something the county has wanted for more than five years to eliminate the parking problems at the end of Horseshoe Bend. During the season, congestion along streets in the area due to development of Camden on the Lake and Shady Gators/Lazy Gators across the cove has forced the county to enforce its own parking regulations.
Late last week, Prewitt filed an application and filing fee of $100 with Camden County for a land disturbance permit to move forward with construction of the parking lot on a 32-acres he purchased. The application indicates he plans on clearing more than one acre for the parking lot.
The grading plan had already been submitted to the county.
Prewitt purchased 32 acres of undeveloped land in close proximity to the Gators complex and began planning construction of a parking lot. Plans call for a significant green-space on the perimeter of the property. During negotiations with the county commission and planning and zoning director it was discovered that the 32-acre tract has no zoning at all.
Prewitt had announced his plans to build the parking lot earlier this year after buying the property.
Prewitt has already acquired the necessary land disturbance permit from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Zoning is another issue. At this time, there is no zoning for the 32 acres. Somehow in the process when Camden County implemented planning and zoning in 2004, the property wasn't zoned.
The 32 acres was completely left out of all zoning maps, including the one certified by then-county commissioners.
Prewitt had attempted to work with the county toward an agreement on appropriate zoning but was unable to come to any type of agreement that would allow the parking lot. The Camden County Planning and Zoning office notified Prewitt certified letter saying the 32-acre property will “receive a zoning designation of R-1 Low Density Residential” which would not allow the property to be used as a parking lot.
According to Camden County Planning and Zoning Director Don Hathaway, the application is for the previously un-zoned parcel. Prewitt is seeking a B-2 General Commercial zoning for the parking areas adjacent to Sweet Williams Rd, and R-2 Medium Density Residential for the areas behind the proposed parking lot, and extending to the existing residential and streets to the north.
Hathaway said this zoning is sponsored by planning and zoning as initial zoning of the property, with allowable request for specific zoning by the property owner similar to original cases heard by the planning commission in 2004 establishment of planning and zoning.
Page 2 of 2 - Prewitt has assured residents the proposed parking lot and R-2 project will be a positive development for the area.
Prewitt and the county continue to be involved in litigation over the zoning for Lazy Gators. The property is zoned single family residential. Prewitt cntinues to do business under a catering license, bypassing the county's zoning regulations.
Prewitt is the developer of Prewitt Point in Osage Beach and Eagles Landing in Lake Ozark.