Annexations would expand Emerson's existing borders
by Jessica Loeding
Mar 15, 2011 | 2595 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Assistant to the City Manager Todd Heath points out parcels inside the LakePoint Sports development to Emerson Mayor Al Pallone after Monday night’s council meeting. The zoning map will be updated to reflect the creation of an MU-2 Mixed Use - LakePoint zoning district and the possible annexations of more than 50 acres in four requests currently before the city council.
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Assistant to the City Manager Todd Heath points out parcels inside the LakePoint Sports development to Emerson Mayor Al Pallone after Monday night’s council meeting. The zoning map will be updated to reflect the creation of an MU-2 Mixed Use - LakePoint zoning district and the possible annexations of more than 50 acres in four requests currently before the city council. JESSICA LOEDING/The Daily Tribune News
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Emerson City Council held first readings of four annexation requests Monday night that would expand the city by more than 50 acres.

Moved through the Emerson Planning and Zoning Commission last week, two of the items would bring in more than 6 acres owned by Danny and Carol M. Silvers on Sixth Street. The other two would bring in the last pieces of the LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center.

When the development was announced in December, Mayor Al Pallone said only two small tracts would require annexation. Those requests will have a second reading and possible approval at the March 28 city council meeting.

Watkins Associated Developers Inc. has requested 43.098 acres off Old Allatoona Dam Road and 2.822 acres at 430 Joe Frank Harris Parkway be annexed into the city of Emerson. Those parcels will complete the LakePoint puzzle.

Emerson also held a first reading of a zoning ordinance that would create an MU-2 Mixed Use - LakePoint district for the city. LakePoint Sports Development Group's mixed-use complex will sit 1,380 acres between Interstate 75 and Highway 41 and feature sports fields, entertainment facilities, retail shops, restaurants, hotels and educational campuses when complete. The core of the development, which features three miles of frontage along I-75 including the Red Top Mountain and Emerson-Allatoona interchanges, is a 260-acre sports complex with 16 Major League Baseball-sized fields, 12 soccer and lacrosse fields and a 100,000-square-foot indoor sports facility.

The 17-page ordinance said, "The Mixed-Use - LakePoint (MU-2) zoning category is a site-specific zoning district which is established for the purpose of providing flexibility in developing a compatible mixture of commercial, employment, office, civic, industrial and/or cultural uses, centered around a sports complex."

The use limitations listed in the ordinance include "no heavy manufacturing processes or facilities" and requires all new developments to submit a site plan.

In other action, the council:

* Approved an outdoor watering ordinance.

* Approved the carwash water recycling ordinance.

* Held a first reading of an amendment to the zoning map.

* Approved a measure addressing Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation extension of insurance on non-interest bearing accounts. Emerson recently moved some $401,000 to a non-interest bearing account with Bartow County Bank. The FDIC will now insure the entire amount through Dec. 31, 2012, as opposed to the usual $250,000.

Pallone said it will allow the entire amount to be covered without the risk of losing more than $150,000. The $401,000 is from the Emerson City Hall Water and Sewer Sinking Fund, which covers a loan for the water treatment plant.