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Published March 31, 2021
Lake Ozark: Family destination or party town?
LAKE OZARK – When you think of the name “Lake Ozark” what comes to mind first? Due to the extraordinary large amount of places to buy alcohol in the city, a party town might be first but it depends on your age.
The Board of Aldermen heard an update on the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which took a “back seat” last year due to COVID-19.
A part of updating the plan was to find out what city residents want. In order to find this out, 1,000 post card surveys were sent to city utility customers by the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments and approximately 250 were returned.
A few of the questions pertained to what the city is and what is needed but the answers varied depending on age.
The results are as follows.
1. Do you live full-time or part-time in Lake Ozark?
- 69% full-time
- 21% part-time
- 10% other
2. What is The City of Lake Ozark known as? (The answers were broken down by age group)
- Age 65 and older said it was a family destination first, followed by a retirement community, great place to party and finally a residential-home town.
- Age 55-64 also said it was a family destination first, great place to party second followed by retirement community and finally residential-home town.
- Ages 45-54: 1. Family destination, 2. Great place to party, 3. Retirement community, 4. residential-home town
- Ages 35-44: 1. Family destination, 2. Great place to party, 3. Residential-home town, 4. retirement community
- Ages 25-34: 1. Family destination, 2 and 3 tied with great place to party and residential-home town. None of the respondents in this age bracket listed it as a retirement community.
- Ages 18-24: 1. Great place to party, 2. Family destination, 3. Retirement community, 4. residential-home town
- Under 18: 1. Family destination, 2. Great place to party, 3. Residential-home town, 4. retirement community
3. What do you want to see more in the next 10 years in Lake Ozark? (This also was broken down into age groups)
- Age 65 and older: 1. Infrastructure, 2. Shopping, 3 and 4. Entertainment, housing, 5. Employment, 6. Parks
- Age 55-64: 1. Infrastructure, 2. Shopping, 3. Entertainment, 4. Employment, 5. Parks, 6. Housing
- Ages 45-54: 1. Infrastructure, 2. Shopping, 3. Entertainment, 4. Employment, Housing and Parks tied for 5 and 6.
- Ages 35-44: Infrastructure, Entertainment and Employment tied for number 1, followed by Housing, Shopping (tied) and Parks
- Ages 25-34: 1. Housing, 2. Parks, Shopping, Infrastructure tied for second with Entertainment and Employment tied for last
- Ages 18-24: 1. Shopping, 2. Entertainment, 3. Housing, 4. Employment and parks were tied with Infrastructure last.
- Under 18: 1. Entertainment, 2. Shopping, 3. Housing, 4. Employment, 5. Parks 6. Infrastructure
4. Do you work in Lake Ozark?
5. What industry sector would you like to see come to Lake Ozark?
- Service Industry
- Health Care and Social Services
- Information Technology
- Professional & Business
- Real Estate Development
- Educational Service
- Financial Service
- Agriculture & Fishing
6. How would rank the City of Lake Ozark’s involvement in the community?
7. What would you say is missing in the City of Lake Ozark? (This again was broken down by age groups but the top two answers were Family activities for those 65 and older and Shopping for those under 18.
8. How long have you lived in Lake Ozark?
- 10-20 years
- Less than 5 years
- 5-10 years
- Over 20 years
9. What Best Describes your age?
- Under 18: 47 Surveys (23.62%)
- 18-24: 20 Surveys (10.05%)
- 25-34: 3 Surveys (1.51%)
- 35-44: 22 Surveys (11.06%)
- 45-55: 20 Surveys (10.05%)
- 55-64: 40 Surveys (20.10%)
- 65+: 47 Surveys (23.62)
The next steps in the Comprehensive Plan are:
- 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 No. 1. 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 No. 2. 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.
- Writing the Plan. The LOCLG staff will write the full and complete document. City staff will review and make comments and suggest edits as needed.
- Public Open House/Draft Plan Review. Public comments will be received at the meeting and revisions made to the document based on public input.
- Final Plan Presentation. The plan will be presented to the Planning & Zoning Commission for their comments and endorsements.
- The Board of Aldermen will eventually vote on adopting the plan
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