Development Opposition at Lake of the Ozarks
Sally Clarkson has spent 20 summers at the lake. Now, she said, there are too many boats on the water and too many buildings near it.
"It's just too crowded," she complained.
The Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission is considering limits on condominium construction. One proposal would cut the number of condos allowed per acre to 12 from the current 17.
"That's the kind of density you see in a high-density, residential area in Osage Beach or inside of a city," explained Chris Hall, county planning administrator. "They've got public sewer, public water, they've got public roads that are more throughly taken care of."
Supporters say the proposed limit is about safety and the bottom line.
"There's less need for the roads to be upgraded, there is less need for sewer, less need for water, less need for fire protection, for the school network."
If officials approve the proposed change, it would not take effect for several months and it would affect only new condo construction at the Lake of the Ozarks.