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The Lake News Online
  • Lake view: Damage planning and zoning, damage the county

  • It is well known and well documented that [Camden County Associate Commissioner Cliff] Luber and his associates, which now include [Camden County Presiding Commissioner candidate] Greg Hasty, have orchestrated an organized, a sustained and vicious attack on specific Camden County employees and Planning & Zoning in general which resulted in the resignation of Planning & Zoning Administrator Don Hathaway.
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  • It is well known and well documented that [Camden County Associate Commissioner Cliff] Luber and his associates, which now include [Camden County Presiding Commissioner candidate] Greg Hasty, have orchestrated an organized, a sustained and vicious attack on specific Camden County employees and Planning & Zoning in general which resulted in the resignation of Planning & Zoning Administrator Don Hathaway.
    Mr. Luber, as an elected county official and Mr. Hasty as a want-to-be county official have a responsibility to speak favorably on behalf of Camden County, promoting it as a great place to live and visit. They also have a responsibility to do whatever they can to encourage business development. Sadly, Mr. Luber is not only deficient in this area he has openly made statements discouraging business growth. We have Mr. Luber on the record making the following statements; “I would not lure any company into the planning & zoning area of the lake” and “he knew of 5 or 6 companies that would not relocate to Camden County because we have P&Z”.
    In an early January Commissioner’s meeting I asked Mr. Luber for the names of those companies so I could contact their CEO’s to determine what their specific concerns were. I’m still waiting.
    The property owners at Lake of the Ozarks need to understand that those of us who follow Mr. Luber’s activities believe he consistently demonstrates his intentions to seriously damage or eliminate Planning & Zoning in Camden County. Now Mr. Hasty seems to support that same position.
    In the Lake Sun article dated April 11, Mr. Hasty made reference to other areas that need “unrestricted, unfettered growth.”
    The primary purpose of Planning & Zoning is to manage growth. If the areas he refers to are outside of the P&Z District they already have the ability grow at will as P&Z has no input on what they do. Mr. Luber and Mr. Hasty need to look at the successes that Lake Ozark, Osage Beach and Sunrise Beach have accomplished.
    Behold, they all have P&Z and enforce it. What do these guys not get?
    Camden County has a First Class County rating primarily as a result of the home and business property values located in the Planning & Zoning District. This district was established by voter approval in 2004 and encompasses an area approximately two miles from the lake shore. Many of these homes are owned by non-residents who have no voting rights in Camden County. If Mr. Luber succeeds in damaging Planning & Zoning, the property values at the lake will be seriously eroded. I believe the property values of all property owners, resident and non-resident must be protected from the misguided intentions of Mr. Luber and associates.
    Page 2 of 2 - It would appear that the Realtors and Lake Area Chamber of Commerce should join in to stop Mr. Luber’s continued attacks on Planning & Zoning, its employees and the P&Z Commission. Unfortunately, his actions serve to discredit all of Camden County in the process.
     
    *Editor’s Note: Lake Sun staff verified the audio recordings that were quoted in this opinion.
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