CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — A project on Horseshoe Bend finally has the go-ahead, after being held up for two years in court.
Rental cabins planned by developer Gary Prewitt are under construction following a Cole County judge’s ruling.
Judge Jon E. Beetem dismissed a case brought against Yellowstone Lot LLC over the recent issuance of building permits by the Camden County Planning and Zoning Department. Beetem also dropped a previous case involving a land-disturbance permit that had held up the project for more than 18 months.
In 2015 the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission approved commercial zoning on 30 acres of previously unzoned land on Bittersweet Road. The county commission affirmed that decision, clearing the way for development of rental cabins and other amenities on the property. A lawsuit brought by homeowners in the general area of the property derailed the project until now.
Property owner Eugene Enowski of Enowski Farms Inc. said the ruling affirms Camden County planning and zoning decisions. “We went through the process, spent time and money to do things right. The planning and zoning and county commissions gave their approval and then we were delayed for two years by frivolous litigation. I’m glad to get back to work on the project.”
Prewitt says the lawsuit that delayed the project will have no impact on plans going forward. “There are those on Horseshoe Bend who only like the rules when things go their way,” Prewitt said. “The zoning and planning process on this property were strictly in line with Camden County regulations. We went beyond what was required in creating a clean, wooded space to serve as a privacy buffer between the neighborhood and the new development. Still, there were those who believe it is their right to tell private property owners what to do on their own property and are willing to waste time and money on frivolous court action. Now, we will go forward to create a special Lake of the Ozarks experience for our visitors and generate revenue for Camden County.”
The first two of as many as 40 high-end rental cabins are currently under construction at the site that has been manicured into a park-like setting. Green space has been left around the perimeter of the property.
The same parties involved in the cabin-property lawsuit are also involved in a suit against Camden County Planning and Zoning and Glacier Park Investments LLC for the proper zoning of the Lazy Gators property at the end of Horseshoe Bend.