"We are working with the owner of Backwater Jacks and hope that this development will fit with the future development plans for this cove and create a greater tax base for the city of Osage Beach," Prewitt said.

An area near Backwater Jacks in Osage Beach could be rezoned to allow for the construction of nightly rental units if the board of aldermen agrees.

Rezoning of 14 acres on Sunset Drive from A-1 Agriculture to C-1b Commercial Lodging is being requested by Lakeshore Holdings and Development of Lake Ozark, a company that includes several Iguana properties in the Lake area.

The Osage Beach Planning and Zoning Commission has forwarded its recommendation for approval to the board.

The rezoning is part of the regular Osage Beach Board of Aldermen meeting which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. A public hearing will be held as part of the rezoning request. The property is being rezoned to satisfy a contingency agreement with a potential and unnamed developer.

According to the rezoning application, Dennis Reese of 1360 Bagnell Dam Blvd. is the owner of Lakeshore Holdings, and Andy Prewitt of 12 Allen Road in Eldon is listed as the landowner's representative.

Prewitt and his uncle, Gary Prewitt, are local developers best known for Prewitt's Point and Backwater Jack's in Osage Beach; The Shoppes at Eagle's Landing in Lake Ozark; and Shady Gators and Lazy Gators on Horseshoe Bend.

The rezoning application notes that the perspective buyer of the property hopes to build nightly rental units to take advantage of the location relative to Backwater Jacks. The proposal includes leaving a 185-foot buffer around the property to protect the existing corridor and any future development.

"We are working with the owner of Backwater Jacks and hope that this development will fit with the future development plans for this cove and create a greater tax base for the city of Osage Beach," Prewitt said.

The area is approximately across the cove north and east from Backwater Jacks and can best be viewed from the restaurant's parking lot.

According to the Osage Beach Planning Department, the issue with the property and it potentially being used for residential is twofold:

•The first issue is developmental restraints from both topography and accessibility.

•The second is its relative location to Backwater Jacks. Allowing the developer to build nightly rental facilities on the property is likely the best-case scenario as it allows for the development of a low intensity use, but is a use that is also geared toward compatibility with the entertainment venue across the cove. By rezoning the property to C-1b, the applicant will be allowed to rent the units commercially. The rezoning will allow construction of the proposed units and any accessory uses such as an office, pool, activity areas and parking or storage facilities to be used by the owner and their guests on the property.

Andy Prewitt, in a letter on behalf of Lakeshore Holdings and Development, noted that the buffer zone would also help remediate any noise or inconvenience from the proposed rental units.