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Douglas County Open Lands Coalition Records, 1992-1998

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-688-7730

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Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Shaun Boyd2011-03-14
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County History Research Center
TitleDouglas County Open Lands Coalition Records
Dates: 1992-1998
Size1 box - 1 cu. ft. - 26 x 42 x 33 cm (15 x 12.5 x 10 in.)
Abstract:This collection documents efforts of concerned citizens in Douglas County to preserve open space in light of the tremendous population growth in the 1980s and 1990s. The heart of the collection consists of minutes, activities, and notes from the Douglas County Open Lands Coalition and similar citizens groups. The success of these groups is defined by the open space legislation, also detailed in this collection, that they succeeded in getting passed into law. Most notable of these are Initiative 100 (1994) and Referendum 1-B (1996). The collection also contains numerous newspaper articles and editorials that more clearly define the positions and rationale of the open space movement in Douglas County.
Collection Number1994.047
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject, chronologically within subject headings.

Scope and Content

These records include minutes from the Douglas County Open Lands Coalition (1992 - 1997) as well as minutes from the Happy Canyon Preservation Association (1996-1997), Happy Canyon Homeowners Association (1995-1997), and the High Plateau Coalition (1995). Also included are details of open space legislation; Amendment 16 (1996-1997), Referendum 100 (1997), and HR 1001 (1997) and newspaper clippings dealing with open space, growth, and conservation issues in Douglas County. The Douglas County Open Lands Coalition is a nonprofit corporation whose corporate purpose is to "draw members from private and public sectors to work in equal partnership toward the common goal of acquiring preserving and maintaining significant open lands in Douglas County, Colorado."

Biography / History

1992 - Incorporation of the Douglas County Open Lands Coalition, a nonprofit corporation. The initial members are: Mike Kruger, Dave Watts, Don Moore, John Johnson, Jennifer Drybread, Alice Ramsey, John Fornlof.

1993 (October) - Centennial Materials McLain Pit Use by Special Review Application for Mineral Extraction is submitted to the County Commissioners

1993 (November) - Franktown group organizes to protest McLain Pit's Approval

1993 (Nov. 22) - Resolution 93 - 174 placed before county commissioners. This resolution is for a county-wide sales tax to be levied for the purposes of preserving open lands within the county.

1994 (August) - Resolution 93-174 makes the general ballet for 1994, and becomes Initiative 100, The Open Space Initiative.

1994 (Nov. 8) - Initiative 100 is approved by voters of Douglas County.

1995 (April) - The High Plateau Coalition is formed for the express purpose of preserving a buffer zone between Metro Denver and the towns of Douglas County.

1996 (October) - Referendum 1-B placed on Ballet. This is a bond issue designed to increase the amount of money available to purchase open space, without raising taxes.

1996 (Nov. 4) - Referendum 1-B is approved by voters of Douglas County.

1997 (Feb. 2) - Colorado state legislature discusses bill HCR 1001. This is a measure to divert lottery funds from the Great Outdoor Colorado Trust Fund to K-12 school constriction.

1997 (Feb. 5) - Happy Canyon Homeowner Association meets to fight further development of Happy Canyon area. Area of proposed development encompasses 5,500 acres.

1997 (May 2) - The Douglas County, Colorado High Plateau Conservation Area Study is Completed. This goal of this study was to assess the impact of the high plateau area located between the towns of Castle Rock and Parker.

Access Terms

Conservation of natural resources
Douglas County (Colo.)
Land use
Open space


Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with the permission of the Center's staff.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Douglas County Open Lands Coalition Records, Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

These records were created by Micki Clark and Dave Watts during their tenures as presidents of the Douglas County Open Lands Coalition. They are the product of the board's day to day business operations.

Processing Information

Processed by: Shaun Boyd and William Kirby, 1999; reprocessed 02/05/2010

Related Material

Material in the Douglas County History Research Center, Douglas County Libraries: Mark Weston Papers

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