Significant property taxes will accrue to both Counties. Initially, most of the development will be in Kneehill and property taxes will largely benefit Kneehill County. It is estimated that the project will generate property taxes of $2,320,000 annually, and will increase Kneehill County’s overall property tax revenue by approximately 18%. Under BMR’s long term plans development in Wheatland will generate significant property taxes payable to Wheatland County. The taxes generated by BMC’s projects will enable the counties to increase services for residents. Alternatively, the Counties may choose to decrease property taxes for area homeowners.
Construction & Business Opportunities
Due to the large scale of the project, many construction job and operational employment opportunities will be open. Priority will be given to local residents who meet the job requirements. Business opportunities will be identified and notice given to local entrepreneurs.
Permanent Job Creation
It is anticipated that BMR will be one of the largest full-time employers in the area with up to 150 positions being generated. The jobs will offer competitive salaries and hourly wages. Many full-time job opportunities will be available. BMR is committed to the citizens in Kneehill and Wheatland counties. It is prepared to offer open positions to qualified residents in these Counties on a first priority basis.
Property Values & Other Area Businesses
BMR anticipates that property values in the Kneehill and Wheatland Counties will increase as a result of this development. BMR researched two existing motorsports country clubs in similar regions: GingerMan Raceway in Michigan and BeaveRun Motorsports Complex in Pennsylvania. These facilities have directly contributed to increased sales and growth for existing and new businesses, job creation and an overall increase in property values. BMR will attract national and international attention to the Canadian Badlands. This will boost tourism and encourage families to live and thrive in the region.
Public Access & Tourism
Much of the recreational, commercial and social aspects of the project will be open to the public revealing the natural beauties of the river valley and canyon to local residents and tourists currently shut out by private land ownership. The goal is to enhance the quality of life for the existing area residents and to significantly increase tourism to the region. Plans include development of short-term accommodations/hotel.
BMR will maintain a fully equipped and staffed emergency response vehicle on site at all times when the road course is in session. On-site medical services will also be provided. BMR will also extend the use of its emergency equipment in the event of an emergency in Kneehill or Wheatland Counties.
Environmental Sensitivity & Sound
Badlands Motorsports Development Corp wishes to make a positive difference in the region by adopting environmentally responsible initiatives to minimize impact on the environment. BMR is looking into appropriate stormwater management, wetland preservation, and ways to minimize energy use. BMR intends to be a leader in environmental responsibility.
BMR conducted a noise level study based on Alan Wilson’s preliminary road course design and found that noise levels at nearby residential areas were well below the permissible level (< 50db).
Plans are to have the Kneehill Water Commission provide potable water to the BMR resort via the Kneehill Regional Water Line. An extension of the pipeline from the reservoir near Carbon could be constructed to provide a safe and reliable supply of potable water. This extension would allow easier access for residents/farms in the surrounding areas to also connect up to this fresh water source. Extending a water line to Rosebud is a strong possibility.
Expansion of Arts & Theatre Venue
Rosebud is widely noted for its School of Arts and Theatre. To accommodate the high demand, BMR could provide venues to showcase student performances in the resort area as well as private studios for students to learn and rehearse. The Rosebud School of Arts and Theatre would be the primary manager of these programs and venues. BMR will also be pleased to provide over-night accommodation for visitors who come to watch the performances. Once fully operational, BMR will provide $10,000 in scholarship money annually for deserving area students seeking to begin or continue post-secondary education at the Rosebud School of the Arts.
BMR Safe Driving School
BMR, either independently or in cooperation with other automotive clubs, will develop and execute a safe driving program for Alberta teenagers. This program will help both new and experienced drivers learn important driving techniques, including adverse weather driving, accident avoidance, and emergency driving response training in a controlled and safe environment. Teenagers residing in Kneehill and Wheatland County will be offered to attend this school for no cost.