The new city zoning ordinance allows for multi-use planning, which lets multiple zoning types allowed within the same plot of land of at least 2 acres.

The City of Camdenton wants the lake area to know that they are “ready to do business.” This comes from city administrator Jeff Hancock, who is part of the team organizing new flexible zoning laws that will make development easier within city limits. He says that the city has housing and retail needs and they have available property that is ready to be used for this purpose. 

The new city zoning ordinance allows for multi-use planning, which lets multiple zoning types allowed within the same plot of land of at least 2 acres. There is also a new aspect which Hancock coined “mini-TIFs”, that helps commercial businesses that would create sales tax for the city to be shared up to 50% back to the developer to promote those improvements. 

“We want people to know that we are ready to help bring new infrastructure into this city,” Hancock said. 

Charlie Cowell, one of the consultants brought onto the project from RDG Planning and Design, helped to restructure the cities comprehensive plan. This plan, which is set out to look at the city’s future community goals of improvement, had not been updated since 1986. Cowell says this plan looks to bring in more residential homes to Camdenton. With so much commercial space currently set aside within zoning limits, he says it only makes sense to restructure zoning plans to allow for some of this space to be used for residential expansion. 

Cowell says that the best aspect of this change is the fact that none of it is a mandatory change to the ways things currently are. He says that just because this new flexible zoning allows for the multi-use functionality, districts may continue to operate in the same manner as they are today. The primary advantage to this change is the allowance of more general options in the future for the city. 

“The best thing about all of this is that it’s only there if you need it,” Cowell said. “It’s not a requirement, it’s an option.” 

Among the areas that Camdenton could expand, Cowell believes there is a significant demand for business along Business Route 5. He says that he has seen this zoning change happening in many towns throughout the Midwest, and believes it’s a natural step forward. He sees it as a natural adaptation to what is happening in the market. 

Camdenton Mayor John McNabb says that these changes are important to help residents succeed in their endeavours. In general, he says having people in homes throughout the city spending money at businesses within the city helps to promote sales and bring sales tax revenue into the city. This is why he wants to see the expansion of local housing grow in a big way.

“For the city to be successful, the people must be successful as well,” McNabb said. “We want people to know that we are here to help.”

McNabb thinks a big selling point for Camdenton is the fact that permit fees are lowest in the lake area. He sees this as a main incentive to build. Through his work with the comprehensive plan, he explained that there is a trend of people living in Camdenton, but working outside the city and vice versa. He hopes that in the future, this zoning change may promote a desire to build and live within the city and have industry availability for work. 

There is also a plan to obtain a grant that would allow for the demolition of old, abandoned homes to free up space to water lines and local property for new building projects. McNabb says that he sees a high demand for housing in Camdenton and sees this flexible zoning initiative as a way to alleviate this. 

“Having this plan in place will help to not limit our zoning possibilities,” McNabb said. “We are excited to see what will happen.”