According to Anderson, he acquired the property about a year ago, and for the last six months has removed tons of debris, trash and old yurts from the property.

An abandoned yurt resort south of Sunrise Beach is going away, but what it will become remains to be seen.

The Camden County Planning Commission heard an application for rezoning the property on the once aptly-named Yurt Road located off of Thongtree Road, formerly Lake Road 5-58A. The applicant and new property owner, Raymond Anderson, has requested general commercial (B-2) zoning for the 31-acre tract with the stated intent to develop it as an RV park.

However, Anderson told planning commissioners Wednesday evening that he would be open to other options, including leaving the current low density residential (R-1) zoning and developing the property with senior or low income-type housing. According to Anderson, he acquired the property about a year ago, and for the last six months has removed tons of debris, trash and old yurts from the property.

The property was the location of a proposed yurt resort which failed to gain the necessary zoning to operate in 2005. A modern yurt is a portable round camping unit often built on a wooden platform. Former owner Larry Owens had already placed 10 yurts in this style on the lakefront tract prior to receiving the necessary commercial parks (C-2) zoning at the time.

A large contingent of neighbors opposed the yurt resort in 2005, and this time around a slightly smaller but still vocal group of nearby residents attended the planning commission meeting to oppose a commercial property in the midst of their residential neighborhood, raising concerns regarding increased traffic, RV access and crime.

Bill Mack Jr. and Jim Eisenhardt were among residents opposed to the rezoning who had opposed the yurt resort on the record more than 10 years ago. All of the residents appreciated Anderson cleaning the property up, and appeared to agree that any low density residential development in line with zoning regulations would be fine.

With opposition to the B-2 rezoning, the planning commission moved the case to old business for consideration at the Nov. 15 meeting.


•The planning commission recommended approval to rezone a parking lot on Horseshoe Bend Parkway to commercial. After years using a property at 2146 Horseshoe Bend Parkway next to Li’l Rizzo’s as a commercial parking lot for the restaurant, Bill Borders applied to have the parcel rezoned from R-1 to B-2. The property has been a paved parking lot since the mid-90s. As a pre-existing non-conforming use, the parking lot was grandfathered.

According to the P&Z Staff Report on the rezoning application, Borders is considering a “drive-up restaurant facility” or operation of a food truck on the property. During testimony on the case, he did not get into specifics of his plans, only saying that he was considering a higher commercial use of the parcel than it currently had.

According to a letter from Borders’ attorney, introduced this Wednesday after the public hearing last month, the lot is one of those in the Ravenwood Estates where commercial use was allowed by subdivision covenants.

That seemed to clinch the deal for most of the planning commissioners, except for John Mackey who lives in the adjacent residential subdivision. He voted against the rezoning.

The motion to recommend passed and will go to the county commission for final approval, likely in November.

• A rezoning for industrial on Horseshoe Bend was also approved, with a warning that this could be the last extension of industrial for the property where Madden Manufacturing operates.

Madden is seeking to extend its current 3.19-acre industrial site on Dogwood Road by 1.73 acres, after expansion overflowed the designated industrial area on its total 42-acre tract.

The county approved 3.19 acres for industrial use in November 2015. The applicant never recorded the 3.19 acre parcel plat, leaving the 42-acre parcel as one tract.

The facility manufactures handrails and railings, screen enclosures and roof systems and grown into the national market. Madden products can be found at multiple national retailers under different names.

The Lake Ozark area facility on Dogwood Road opened in 1997, but has expanded to have locations on both sides of the roadway in Horseshoe Bend.

Neighbors expressed concerns about the industrial extension after dealing with construction and truck traffic issues for the last couple of years.

The planning commission recommended the rezoning - with Mackey again the lone nay - but planning commission chair Jacob Neusche offered the caveat that this rezoning, for him at least, had to be the last extension.

• A motion to approve a re-plat of Lot 6 of Block 12 in Horseshoe Bend Estates No. 1 did not gain a majority of votes from planning commissioners and failed.

Planning commissioners who voted against the re-plat expressed concern about the second lot of the re-plat (there were five total). The lakefront lot utilized land across a roadway - Duckhead Road - to gain enough square footage - about 600 square feet - to be compliant with the minimum lot size of the zoning code. The minimum lot size for a residential lot is 8,500 square feet.

There is also a protected eagle’s nest on the property, which requires special permitting and building restrictions through U.S. Fish & Wildlife. P&Z Administrator Kim Willey just found out about the nest late in the day prior to the meeting.

She said she would be talking with the county’s P&Z attorney Thursday about the legalities around the building permit for the property which P&Z had already issued. The owner has the option to appeal the re-plat denial, or could come back to the planning commission with a different layout for the re-plat.

• A re-plat for Letzig Farms on Sellers Road, Sunrise Beach was approved. Millard Subdivision Lot A was subdivided into two lots, both meeting code requirements. Lot A consisted of 8.3 acres and Lot A-1, 1.78 acres.