Club Motorsports Secures Another Permit
TAMWORTH, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) has issued a “Water Quality Certification” under Section 401 of the U.S. Clean Water Act to Club Motorsports, Inc. (CMI), which is developing Valley Motorsports Park, a private driving and exhibition facility in Tamworth, NH.
NH DES has already issued two major permits for the motorsports country club project; the “Wetlands and Non-Site Specific Permit” in July, 2004, and the “Site Specific Permit” (also known as the Alteration of Terrain Permit) in September 2004. Also in September 2004, NH DES denied an appeal of the Wetlands Permit, which was filed by the opponents group FOCUS: Tamworth.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently reviewing CMI’s application for a federal wetlands permit.
“We are proud to take another step forward in the development of our private driving and exhibition facility,” said CMI President and CEO Lloyd Dahmen, “This is another positive development in the permitting review and approval process, and we will continue to work proactively with NH DES, and the Army Corp of Engineers on remaining permits. We are pleased that our project has met all of the standards required to receive this water quality certification, as well as the DES wetlands and site specific permits before it.”
In granting the 401 Water Quality Certification, NH DES certifies that Valley Motorsports Park will comply with applicable provisions of the U.S. Clean Water Act with respect to surface water quality standards.
Through wetland delineations agreed upon by NH DES, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Tamworth Conservation Commission, Valley Motorsports Park will impact less than three-quarters of an acre of wetlands. In granting the Wetlands Permit in July 2004, NH DES wrote, “…that the project will not significantly impair the existing wetlands, surface waters, and groundwater resources.”
A first-of-its-kind concept for New England, the Valley Motorsports Park development is located in wooded land on the north face of Mount Whittier off Route 25 in Tamworth, approximately two miles west of the intersection of Routes 25 and 16. Described as a “ribbon through the woods,” the road course would be available for use by its members, much like a golf course country club. The $28 million development includes a more than three-mile, 18-turn, European-style road course for drivers and motorcyclists to develop and practice their driving skills and attend performance and safety driving schools. In addition, Valley Motorsports Park will feature a vehicle dynamics area for driver development, short and long-term garage buildings, locker room and shower facilities, vehicle maintenance facilities, and a professional driving school. The Clubhouse will feature spectacular views of the White Mountains, function rooms, a pool, tennis courts, an automobile museum, additional locker rooms, a closed circuit media center, and an elegant restaurant.
Editors - For more information on Valley Motorsports Park or Club Motorsports, Inc., visit www.clubmotorsports.comor contact Scott Tranchemontagne at (603) 625-5713 x222 or cell phone (603) 540-4380 mobile