A letter from resident Fred Makowecki
To whom it may concern,
In regards to the Badlands Motorsport Resort, I thought I would follow up with some thoughts and my total support of this project.
I have lived in the valley since 1978 and have come to love it and the area that surrounds us.
I believe that we live in one of the most beautiful places in Canada. There is not a day that I am not thankful for my home and neighbours.
I take seriously my part in the stewardship of my home. I would be reluctant to support anything that I thought would make this a less desirable place to live. I know that to maintain our way of life care must be taken to insure development is one that enhances rather than takes advantage of all we have.
Al Whitel the former director of the Big Country Educational Consortium said in a speech to the chamber of commerce that we lived in an area that the world will soon discover. He said that we can be a part of it or bury our heads in the sand and refuse to embrace the changes that would bring prosperity to our community.
I believe that the Badlands Motorsport Resort should be embraced. I feel that they have done a great job in studying the pros and cons of placing the resort in the proposed location and the benefits to our community will be felt for decades to come.
The health of our business community has suffered with the opening of Cross Iron Mills and to think that the status quo will sooner or later allow our local businesses regain the lost market is naïve at best. The stable tax base of our community will only come with the injection of new and exciting draws to our area both for tourism and for permanent new citizens. Development such as being proposed with this resort will result in positive spinoffs that will ensure that the cycle of economy and its benefits to our whole community. Jobs, new residents, new businesses will benefit everyone here and in the surrounding area. My hope is certainly that those who are examining this project will see the benefits and approve this exciting venture.
I am excited for our community. We stand at the cusp of what Al described. He said that people will see the beauty and the potential. It is up to us to be good stewards and support positive ventures such as this for the positive things that will come as a result.
A letter from the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce
A letter from road safety advocate, Quentin Osborne
To Whom It May Concern,
Regarding the development of the Badlands Motorsports Resort, I would like to state my emphatic support. While I think the economic benefits of this development are clearly understood, I believe that the advantages and function of a motorsports facility like BMR in the community is often quite misunderstood. As someone who is professionally involved in motorsports and driving instruction, I am frequently confronted with the sigma that Motorsport and its participants are loud, irresponsible and inconsiderate of the environment. In recent years motorsport has evolved considerably and now that is not usually the case. It is my belief that motorsport facilities are valuable in every community.
1. Facilities such as Badlands Motorsports Resort provide a venue for drivers training. Not all people who drive on public roads need to know how to drive on a motorsports circuit, but they do need to know the dangers of distracted driving or street racing, extreme weather, and have an understanding of emergency vehicle handling. These are lessons that cannot be taught on public roads, and currently in southern Alberta the lack of a proper facility severely limits the opportunity to provide instruction and training. BMR would be the perfect facility for seminars that teach these lessons to student drivers, employed drivers, elderly drivers, and other interested individuals. It can also be a suitable venue for emergency service professionals to use for their very specialized drivers training.
2. Motorsports have always been focused on developing new technology. At present this means a commitment to fuel efficiency, alternate fuels, and other hybrid technologies. Today, most popular race series have very strict fuel and noise restrictions. Gone are the days when motorsport was purely about speed, and the amount of fuel consumed or smoke and noise produced was considered an irrelevant consequence.
While BMR will not host large races, it should be understood that the technologies and advancements developed in these race series are now present in many of the cars that will be driving there. BMR will provide a venue for individuals, manufacturers, universities and other institutions to test and further develop them.
It is my belief that motorsports is the most practical sport of all. Everyone has places to go. More than 21 million people are drivers on over 415,000km of paved roads in Canada. Even if they are not drivers, almost every Canadian will at some point be a passenger in a motor vehicle. While we do not drive on public roads like we drive on a motorsports circuit, we should realize that our ability to do so in a safe and responsible manner comes largely from developments made at motorsports facilities.
It is my sincere hope that Badlands Motorsports Resort will be given an opportunity to prove itself in Alberta. The economic stimulation and diversity it will provide for Alberta is a superb reason, but let’s also consider the future drivers it will help develop.
Driving Works Canada Ltd.
A letter from resident Darrell Buchamer.
I am writing this letter in support of the proposed business plan for the development of the Badlands Motorsports Facility in Kneehill County. I am a resident of the Town of Drumheller and I believe that this facility will have a very positive effect for Drumheller as well as the surrounding area.
This type of facility will bring hundreds of participants and spectators to the area and that means increased business to local restaurants, hotels, grocery stores and all businesses in the region. Drumheller currently hosts tens of thousands tourists per season because of the draw of the Royal Tyrell Museum. This is a world class museum that brings many world travellers to the area, however, most of those tourists only remain in the area for a single day.
The Badlands Motorsports Facility will diversify the tourism in the region and their visitors will stay for 2 or 3 days per event. That means a direct benefit to the local economy as those people will need to utilize the services of the Town and area. In looking over the plans it shows that the development will include recreational, commercial, and residential components. The developer’s vision for Badlands Motorsports Resort is a world-class automotive road course, a full service recreational resort and a residential community. Their goal is to create a comprehensive world-class resort that will attract regional and international tourism. This project will create local jobs, boost the local economy and bring international attention to the area. This project is good for business. The new facility and the new residential area will add to the tax coffers and will level out the tax liability throughout the region. This project is good for residents.
They have really done their homework to ensure that the facility will have minimum environmental impact on the area. With a residential community as part of their project, it’s in their own best interest to ensure the surrounding environment goes unharmed and I’m confident that they have been responsible in their planning and in their continued planning to ensure exactly that. This project is environmentally conscience. I am in full support for the approval of this application and for the development of The Badlands Motorsports Resort in the Kneehill County.