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Notice Regarding Recent Resignations: At the end of an executive session held at the October 25, 2022 City of Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen meeting, it was announced that letters of resignation had been accepted from both Municipal Judge Richelle Christensen and City Administrator David Mitchem.   Christensen’s resignation, effective December 31, was given in anticipation of her uncontested election to serve as the Camden County Prosecutor.  The letter was given in advance of this date so that a suitable replacement as municipal judge could be nominated and have ample time to prepare for the job.  It is anticipated that a nominee will be provided at the November 8 Board of Aldermen meeting, with work to begin for the new judge on January 1, 2023.   Administrator Mitchem had presented the Board of Aldermen with his letter of resignation, effective November 14, on October 12, with the Board formalizing the action at this meeting.  His notice references several successful projects from his year in the office, including identification of new revenue streams for the city, making amendments to building height restrictions to allow for development at an increased scale, and performing an assessment of employee recruitment and retention strategies.  He also cited his appreciation for the Board’s commitment to making the city more attractive for outside investment, while praising the professional staff’s skills and desire to be good public servants.  A successor to the position is expected to be named prior to Mitchem’s final day.   Of both Christensen and Mitchem’s announcements, Mayor Dennis Newberry stated “their time with the city, while different in length and workload, have transformed the way we deliver justice and do our key functions as a government.  Our board has appreciated working with both of them, and wishes them both the best in their next chapters while we welcome new team members to those roles.”


Comprehensive Plan process to include input from public

A series of meetings to garner public input on the wants and needs for the City of Lake Ozark are scheduled to begin soon as part of the city’s upgrade of its Comprehensive Plan.

The plan, which is long-term guide for the community, hasn’t been updated since 2006. While the city’s economic base and infrastructure have evolved in the last decade, the city’s master development plan has remained unchanged for some 15 years. The Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments is crafting the new document at no cost to the city with input from the city and its residents.

“The plan gives the city a vision as to how it wants development in the future,” LOCOLG Executive Director Linda Connor explained when the board voted last year to move ahead with the process. “We want to make sure we put in the plan what the city wants to look like in the next 10-15 years.”

An updated Comprehensive Plan is important when the city applies for state and federal funds.



As part of the process, three engagements meetings are planned over the summer, allowing the public to sit down with city staff and Council of Government personnel to offer their vision on targeted topics for Lake Ozark over the next decade and beyond. Topics could include housing, zoning, infrastructure needs, residential and commercial growth, etc.

Harrison Fry, the city’s community development director and assistant city administrator, said the Comprehensive Plan will serve as a resource for decisions affecting the city’s development and economic growth.

“The new Comprehensive Plan will serve as the guiding force for the city as we continue to grow in the near future,” Fry said. “This document will provide a rationale for decision-making for our boards and commissions, and will also show the world what the priorities and direction are for the City of Lake Ozark.”

Once the plan is completed by LOCOLG, city staff will present it to the Planning & Zoning Commission for its review and input. It will then go before the board of aldermen for additional review before final adoption. That should happen later this fall so the city would have a revitalized plan for its future by the start of 2022.


Engagement meetings

No specific dates have been set for the public meetings, but the anticipated topics of each includes:

•Land Use Planning & Goals Meeting. 

Staff will facilitate this meeting to discuss possible future land use scenarios and build consensus among the committee to develop a future land use map. This meeting will also begin the process of setting simple and concise goals for the community based on the survey results and gathered information. 

•Objectives and Strategies Meeting. 

The LOCLG staff will provide suggestions to the committee for establishing objectives and strategies for each goal building off the previous meeting. 

•Objectives and Strategies Meeting. 

This will provide an opportunity to continue discussion of any remaining topics not covered in the previous meeting and fine tune all of the objectives and strategies.

The LOCLG staff will write the full and complete document. City staff will review and make comments and suggest edits as needed.