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  • Grand plans for unzoned land

  • After months of negotiations and withdrawals of two prior proposals, Gary and Andy Prewitt came before the Camden County Planning Commission March 19 to present their plan for a currently 28.65 acre unzoned tract of land located along Bittersweet Rd. between Anemone and Primrose roads in Horseshoe Bend No. 6, near the Village of Four Seasons.
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  • After months of negotiations and withdrawals of two prior proposals, Gary and Andy Prewitt came before the Camden County Planning Commission March 19 to present their plan for a currently 28.65 acre unzoned tract of land located along Bittersweet Rd. between Anemone and Primrose roads in Horseshoe Bend No. 6, near the Village of Four Seasons.
    Due to confusion over the boundary of The Village of Four Seasons, the property went unzoned during the initial mapping for zoning by the county, which apparently believed the property was within the municipality.
    As an unzoned property, the applicant for the case is Camden County P&Z.
    The P&Z staff report names the property owners as Gary D. Prewitt Revocable Living Trust and Enowski Farms, Inc., but also states that Enowski was making the request for B-2, general commercial zoning on behalf of Prewitt as future owner.
    In addition to the request for B-2, Prewitt has also consented to a planned unit development overlay (PUD) to allow the county more control as the project proceeds. A conditional use permit has also been
    quested.
    The county is currently involved in a lawsuit against Prewitt Enterprises over the development of the Lazy Gators event venue on property on the point by Shady Gators Waterfront Bar & Grill at the 7 mile marker of the Lake of the Ozarks that the county had zoned single family residential.
    The proposal for the 28.65 acre tract includes 6.66 acres along Bittersweet for parking with the intention to use a portion as satellite parking for Shady Gators/Lazy Gators entertainment complex and a portion for parking for rental cabins planned on the remaining 21.99 acres.
    In addition to 152 spots for Gators parking, the parking area would also include convenience store/deli and a security booth. A conditional use permit has also been requested to allow outdoor seating at the deli.
    The plans for the rental cabins featured 44 upscale log cabins that would be built in phases over the course of several years and would be for rent nightly. A golf-cart type trail would provide access to the cabins.
    With the parking lot more than 400 feet from the business, a variance from the code will also be needed. Five buses of varying sizes are planned to ferry customers between the bar on Sweet William Rd. and the parking lot.
    Security would monitor the parking lot and help direct traffic there during Shady Gators business hours, and possibly 24 hours when the cabins open, according to Andy Prewitt.
    Quiet time after 11 p.m. would be enforced by security, he said. An earthen berm with plantings is planned around the parking lot to help limit noise and light pollution for nearby properties in addition to directional lighting.
    Page 2 of 3 - In the proposed development plan, natural wooded areas have been maintained on the northwest portion of the property to help provide buffer for nearby residences.
    A packed house greeted the planning commission at last week's meeting with the majority of the crowd attending in support of the proposal by Prewitt. Many of them appeared to be employees or business colleagues with Prewitt, but there were also a few residents from the area who support the plan as a way to resolve the traffic and parking issues related to the Gators complex.
    Supporters cited Prewitt's job creation in the community through his various businesses and developments, the need for a solution to further limit parking along the street in the area and the addition to the tax base of the county as well as possibly alleviating traffic problems and hazards.
    There were also a few residents in attendance who were opposed to the plan as well as a letter against it from Mary Bustin as treasurer of the Four Seasons Lakesites Property Owners Association.
    The letter asked the board to deny any form of commercial for the tract and to zone the entire property single family residential (R-1).
    The letter argued that commercial development would negatively impact the 256 property owners in the POA living on Imperial Point, Imperial Court, Bittersweet and Anemone roads as well as property owners outside the organization. Increased traffic on Bittersweet, incompatibility with the surrounding residential neighborhood, increased likelihood of vandalism and decreased property values for residences were all cited in the letter.
    Stormwater drainage and sewage issues were also of concern to residents.
    While B-2 has been requested, P&Z Administrator Don Hathaway recommended B-1, low impact commercial zoning, in his staff report as that was the basic zoning needed for a commercial parking lot and the store/deli.
    Former planning commissioner Michael McDuffey, husband of current planning commissioner Mickey McDuffey, also spoke out on the commercial zoning request.
    He was on the board when P&Z was implemented and the property was overlooked. He said it would have been zoned residential if not for the mistake on the boundary of the P&Z district.
    Michael McDuffey also expressed concern that the cabins and convenience store would overbuild the property and overall development, adding to the traffic and parking issues rather than alleviating them.
    Hathaway did recommend setting up shared parking ratios for onsite and offsite requirements in order to reserve a certain amount of parking for the Gator complex.
    It should be noted that the surrounding land use to the northeast, east and south is R-1 with the Village of Four Seasons to the northeast and east. A multi-family development is located north of Primrose. A second tier lot encircled by Primrose is zoned B-2 with existing storage building facilities. Part of the south bordering property in Clear Point Subdivision is a developed satellite parking in B-2 zoning.
    Page 3 of 3 - The case was tabled for deliberation until the April 16 meeting.
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