After discussion and input from neighbors at a P&Z meeting in August, commissioners voted to recommend to the board of aldermen that the SUP be denied even though the new modular home meets or exceeds architectural and size requirements of the city's P&Z rules.

A request for a Special Use Permit to allow for placement of a modular home in Lake Ozark was unanimously approved recently after the Planning and Zoning Commission reversed its initial recommendation.
Jeanne Harshman of Lake Ozark had sought an SUP for 119 Oakridge Drive in an R-1 zoned district. After discussion and input from neighbors at a P&Z meeting in August, commissioners voted to recommend to the board of aldermen that the SUP be denied even though the new modular home meets or exceeds architectural and size requirements of the city's P&Z rules.
Aldermen heard both sides of the argument during an August meeting, and decided to send the issue back to the P&Z after additional information was made available. After the second hearing Sept. 6, the P&Z voted to recommend approval to the board.
City Attorney Chris Rohrer explained to the Commission that a recommendation to deny or approve the SUP permit application must be based on factual information, and that a vote to deny based on personal opinion rather than facts could be considered arbitrary and capricious. Initially, some residents opposed the modular home because they feared it would not fit the aesthetics of their neighborhood and could negatively impact their property values.
Jennifer Bolton of Ozark Manufactured Homes in Laurie -- who had been working with Harshman -- told the board of aldermen in August that "this is a modular home, not a manufactured home."
She said the proposed 1,531-square-foot home meets national electrical, IRC and IECC codes and is built to quality and built in a controlled environment.
"As far as value, my homes are built to the same appraisal of a site-built home," she told the board. "All appraisals of a modular home are compared to site-built homes. We're not talking about manufactured homes on frames that come in on tires and an axle. A modular home comes on a carrier, is rolled off the carrier onto either a basement or crawl space, and this home would be set on a four-foot crawl space."
The proposed home will cost $135,671, will have a single car garage, a 12x16 roofed deck with shingles to match the house.
"Our application meets your requirements," Bolton told the board. "This is a brand new home and when done with landscaping and everything will have a value of $200,000."

Huck Finn
Aldermen gave first-round approval to an agreement between the city and The Iguana Group relative to removal of the half-sunken Huck Finn on property owned by Iguana across the cove from The Strip.
Second reading will be held Sept. 26.
The issue was presented for discussion at a previous meeting at which time the board asked City Attorney Rohrer to develop an agreement. The agreement stipulates that Iguana must dismantle, salvage and/or remove the barge from the shoreline by April 1. The agreement also calls for the barge to be moved to another location for demolition by Oct. 7 or face a daily fine.
City Attorney Rohrer said there could be additional negotiations regarding the Oct. 7 timeline and fines, which would be reflected in the second reading.

Request denied
Aldermen denied a Special Event request on behalf of Alley Cats on the Strip to place a trailer between the sidewalk and parking spaces on the city's right-of-way Sept. 14-16 during Bikefest.
Police Chief Gary Launderville recommended the request be denied because of problems associated with the same request from Alley Cats a year ago. He shared concerns when the Special Event request was made last year that the flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic would be impaired, which it was. The result was that pedestrians were forced to walk around the trailer into the street, causing traffic slowdowns and potential safety issues.
Launderville said there also have been problems with liquor control, open container violations and security at Alley Cats.