A proposed new lakefront restaurant, bar and marina service center next to the Highway 5 Niangua Bridge is free and clear permit-wise for outdoor entertainment after the Camden County Planning Commission approved the conditional use permit for the facility Wednesday evening.

A proposed new lakefront restaurant, bar and marina service center next to the Highway 5 Niangua Bridge is free and clear permit-wise for outdoor entertainment after the Camden County Planning Commission approved the conditional use permit for the facility Wednesday evening.
The property is already zoned B-2, general commercial. The planning commission is the authority on CUPs, so no further hearings or actions will be needed.
The unanimous vote of the seven planning commissioners present was held with little discussion, other than to clarify the details of the CUP regarding limitation of hours for live music and the use of the site’s sound system for bands to limit the noise level. The public hearing on the case was held last month and no new information appeared to have arisen since then.
A small contingent of residents attended the February planning and zoning meeting, but many of their concerns appeared to be allayed by the mediation efforts proposed in the permit application.
Similar to applicant Mark Waddington's other restaurant and bar, Redhead LakeSide Grill in Osage Beach, the proposed business at the former location of Forever Houseboat Rental Company in the Greenview area would have a restaurant and swimming pool with outdoor seating and non-live and live music.
As per other conditional use permits for outdoor entertainment at lakefront venues, Waddington agreed to limit live music to noon to 9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and noon to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. Business hours would be 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-midnight weekends.
Plans included a concrete wall on the cove side of the point property to block noise to the residential area, an estimated 800 feet away.
A cliff backs the lakefront portion of the 8.8-acre property. The bridge/highway is on the other side. The restaurant will sit in front of an existing manmade cave that would now serve as a storage area for the restaurant.
The marina would be a service center only with no plans to rent dock slips, Waddington said. The site should have about 60 to 70 boat slips, but all will be for marina service or the restaurant, not for rental.
With neighbors concerned about rough wakes coming back into their adjacent cove, it was advised that Waddington had been permitted through Ameren Missouri to put in breakwaters between the existing large dock there and the bridge, but not cove-side.
Nearby is also Niangua Falls restaurant and bar, located across Highway 5 on the other side of the point, and Lake Breeze Point special events venue is across the channel of the Big Niangua Arm.
Waddington anticipated opening the as-yet unnamed restaurant and bar either in the spring of 2018 or the spring of 2019, if the CUP is approved. The venue is planned to be seasonal, open around April through October.