Effective July 1, 2011, the act provides for a program of tax refunds for companies creating new tourism attractions or expanding existing tourism attractions for 10 years.
LakePoint Sports Development Group will construct the mixed-use complex situated on 1,380 acres between Interstate 75 and U.S. Highway 41; the project will feature sports fields, entertainment facilities, retail shops, restaurants, hotels and educational campuses when complete.
The core of the development, along three miles of frontage on 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.
Opening is slated for 2013.
During Monday's meeting, the council also held a first reading of a sign ordinance and annexation request.
The council heard from Gil Edge of Dayett Enterprises during the public forum portion of the meeting on a portion of the city's sign ordinance. Edge asked the city to adopt the state's height requirements for outdoor advertising -- the state has no height restriction. Emerson currently has a 70-foot limit on outdoor signs.
City Manager Kevin McBurnett said he would discuss the idea with the city attorney as well as an expert in signage.
He advised Edge to take the issue to the planning and zoning commission, where the matter must originate prior to approval by the council. The commission next meets March 8 at 7 p.m. at city hall.
McBurnett also brought before the council the issue of a local homeowner's association renting the community center for its meetings.
Concerns over allowing the HOA to use the building free of charge were raised, and the possibility of using a tiered rate system was broached.
McBurnett said options would be discussed more formally at the next city council meeting.
The city announced it would hold Keep Emerson Beautiful in conjunction with the 2012 Great American Cleanup on April 21. The group will meet at 8 a.m. at city hall. More information can be found on the city's website, www.emersoncityhall.com.