Rezoning of 14 acres to allow for the construction of nightly rental units near Backwater Jacks passed the first hurdle Thursday night as the Osage Beach Board of Aldermen gave first-round approval.

Rezoning of 14 acres to allow for the construction of nightly rental units near Backwater Jacks passed the first hurdle Thursday night as the Osage Beach Board of Aldermen gave first-round approval.

Second and final reading will be held at the next regular meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 21.

The area is located across a cove north and east of Backwater Jacks, and the property would be accessed from Sunset Road. The project would not be part of the Backwater Jacks campus.

Only one person spoke in opposition to the rezoning application submitted by Lakeshore Holdings and Development of Lake Ozark to rezone the undeveloped land from A-1 Agriculture to C-1b Commercial Lodging. After the public hearing, the board voted unanimously to approve first reading.

The resident wondered if the city had given the proposal the same kind of due diligence as it does other rezoning cases, and also wondered when the last time this type of rezoning request had been considered. He said the Backwater Jacks entertainment complex, which would be closely associated with the rental housing, was -- in his opinion -- "out of control."

City Planner Cary Patterson assured the resident that the city has done its research and has followed its prescribed policies. It's been several years since a similar C-1b rezoning request was considered, he explained.

Mayor John Olivarri suggested that the resident compile a list of questions and concerns for Patterson to address before the second reading later this month.

As part of the public hearing, Patterson noted that the development, which calls for between four and eight four-bedroom homes to be built on the 14 acres, must meet established building codes and must pay the appropriate lodging tax for Camden County. He called the proposed development the "best case scenario" for the topography of the land.

The city planner noted that under Osage Beach zoning rules, the area could accommodate up to 200 single family homes, but because the topography and location posed developmental challenges it isn't practical nor possible.

"This would allow good use of the property," Patterson told the board.

The development, on 14 acres of a 19-acre tract, would have a 185-foot barrier of undeveloped land on three sides. The fourth side would be the cove facing Backwater Jacks. The area is also bordered by two other commercial properties -- Backwater Jacks and a resort.

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.