Mountain Area Planning Council Records, 1957-1977 (Bulk 1967-1977)
Scope and Contents
Administrative records of the Mountain Area Planning Council, a group of mountain area organizations and individual landowners, active from 1967 to 1977. The function of the Council was to coordinate creative ideas, manpower, and financial resources in order to preserve the scenic and historic beauty of the area.
In 1968, the Council learned that the Evergreen area was being considered as a venue for the Nordic events of the 1976 Winter Olympics. This became a major concern of the Council. Other projects included a possible Planning District for the mountain area, future highway planning, the deterioration of Evergreen Lake, and the annual Clean Up campaign. In addition, the Council sponsored public meetings concerning future growth patterns for the general Evergreen area and a proposal for Hwy 74. In the 1970s, the Council was involved with a variety of agencies and organizations on such matters as zoning, subdivision regulations, platting requirements, proposed highway locations, pollution standards, telephone rate increases, open space, and public transportation. The Council was also involved with the Genesee and Bergen Park development proposals, the Johns-Manville Ken-Caryl Ranch development proposal, and cooperation with the C.U. Graduate Planning Team in their efforts to offer assistance and input into a more comprehensive plan for the mountains of Jefferson County.
The collection was received in good order with box inventories attached. Original folder titles were retained. Multiple copies of documents were removed and a folder of bank statements and cancelled checks was removed and shredded. All newspaper clippings were photocopied. The collection is arranged in seven series.
Series I, Administrative Records (1967-1977) is arranged alphabetically and includes annual reports, by-laws, a description of the purpose and function of the MAPC, lists of board members, lists of committees and task forces, newsletters, and a small number of financial records such as treasurer’s annual reports and an expenditure report.
Series II, Correspondence (1969-1977) is arranged chronologically and contains general correspondence to and from the organization.
Series III, Meeting Minutes (1967-1977) is arranged chronologically and contains the minutes of board of directors, executive board, general and special meetings.
Series IV, Membership (1959-1977) is arranged alphabetically and contains lists of individual and group members, a dues ledger, and copies of by-laws, minutes, reports and other official documents of organizational members.
Series V, Projects (1968-1977) contains policy statements, petitions, correspondence, clippings, reports, surveys, and other information regarding the various causes and issues the Council was involved in.
Series VI, Newspaper Clippings (1967-1976) contains general news articles about the 1976 winter Olympics, land use, zoning, development, open space, roads, and mining. It also contains clippings found in two binders specific to the Council and its activities.
Series VII, Miscellaneous (1965-1977) is the final series and contains various reports, publications, maps, and other background information collected by the Council that is related to Jefferson County.
- Existence: 1957-1977
- Existence: Majority of material found within Bulk 1967-1977
- Mountain Area Planning Council (Evergreen, Colo.) (Organization)
- Inter-County Regional Planning Commission (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Archives collection material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available for use by appointment in the reading room.
Biographical / Historical
The Mountain Area Planning Council (MAPC) was formed in May, 1967 to serve as a coordinating structure for organizations and individuals in promoting the orderly planning and development of the mountain area of Jefferson County, consistent with the protection and enhancement of the quality of the environment, for the benefit of the people. Its membership was made up of individual and professional associations of mountain landowners. The primary area of concern was bordered on the north by Highway 40, on the south by the county line, on the west by the upper limits of the Bear Creek watershed, and on the east by metropolitan Denver.
In February 1968, the Council learned of future plans by the Denver Organizing Committee (DOC) for the Olympics regarding its bid for the 1976 Winter Olympics. The Evergreen-Indian Hills area was being considered as a venue for the Nordic events. This became a major concern of the Council. Other areas of investigation included a possible Planning District for the mountain area of Jefferson County, future highway planning, the deterioration of Evergreen Lake, and the establishment of an annual Clean Up campaign. In addition, the Council sponsored public meetings concerning future growth patterns for the general Evergreen Area, and a proposal for Highway 74.
During 1969, continuing efforts were directed to the growth of the area with emphasis on the 1976 Winter Olympics question. A poll was conducted in the Evergreen, Kittredge, and Morrison areas, the results of which indicated the opposition of residents to events being held there. Public meetings with representatives of the DOC were sponsored by the Council. This led to a meeting of the Council’s Board of Directors with Governor Love, Mayor McNichols, and DOC President Robert Pringle, which resulted in a resolution between the Council and the DOC stating cooperation subject to appropriate studies and reevaluation of the Nordic sites, including citizen input. In addition, a representative of the Council was appointed to the site selection committee.
In the 1970s, Council board members attended and, in many cases, testified before a variety of agencies and organizations on such matters as rezoning, subdivision regulations, zoning violations, platting requirements, proposed highway locations, pollution standards, telephone rate increases and quality of service, registration and licensing of subdevelopers, open space, environmental concerns, and public transportation.
The Council was also involved with other major issues such as the Genesee and Bergen Park development proposals, the Johns-Manville Ken-Caryl Ranch development proposal, and cooperation with the C.U. Graduate Planning Team in their efforts to offer assistance and input into a more comprehensive plan for the mountains of Jefferson County.
By the spring of 1977, membership in the Mountain Area Planning Council had decreased dramatically prompting the eventual disbanding of the organization.
3.14 Cubic Feet (7 Boxes and flat storage (6 Docs, 1 slim Doc, 1 OS folder))
364 Megabytes (MAPC Meeting digital audio, two parts, .mp3 file)
1.20 Gigabytes (MAPC Meeting digital audio, two parts, .wav file)
Language of Materials
Arranged alphabetically and chronologically as received, in seven series
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Laptop and headphones needed to listen to audio recording.
Reel-to-reel audio tape digitized in May, 2016 as .mp3 and .wav files. Total recording is 2 hours, 36 minutes (1 hour, 19 minutes per side). Side One starts at 00:45, Side Two is cut off at the end. Audio is sometimes difficult to hear, must turn volume up all the way.
Contents of tape: Meeting June 11, 1970 regarding 1976 Winter Olympics, events to be held in Evergreen area.
Meeting starts with introduction by Mountain Area Planning Council president, Doug Jones. Meeting was held to allow individuals and groups to express their feelings and opinions about the Olympics bid directly to the people making the decisions to stage the Olympics in the Evergreen area.
Robert Pringle, President of the Denver Organizing Committee, and F. George Robinson, Vice President, represented the entire Denver Organizing Committee.
Group spokespersons and individual citizens were allowed three minutes to present their statements.
There were groups and individuals both for and against the issue. Common areas of concern by those against were: Water supply (felt to be barely adequate for present needs) for facilities and for making snow Rights of property owners/access to their property Safety Sanitation facilities/drain on present sewer system Environment: birds, wildlife, timber cuts, shrubs, wildflowers Transportation Soil erosion Pollution Hippies Commercialization/Exploitation Reclamation Use of structures afterwards: acres of empty parking lots, abandoned buildings, ski jump
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Original reel to reel tape of MAPC public meeting with DOC (June 11, 1970) regarding the Olympics in Box 2, Folder 29.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Mountain Area Planning Council Records were transferred to the Archives by the Hiwan Homestead Museum in August, 2015.
ROMCOE Land Use Packet No. 1 by the Rocky Mountain Center on Environment, Nov 1, 1971. Sent to Auraria Library Oct. 28, 2015.
The Mountain Puzzle: Land Use, by the Jefferson County League of Women Voters, Jan 1972. Sent to Auraria Library Oct. 28, 2015.
Industrial Development Practices and Policies: Denver Metro Area, by the Inter-County Regional Planning Commission, Jul 1966. Sent to Auraria Library Oct. 28, 2015.
Interstate 70 and the Glenwood Canyon Region: Choices for Posterity, by the Rocky Mountain Center on Environment, Oct. 1971. Sent to Auraria Library Oct. 28, 2015.
Whose Problem is it? Traffic Engineering for School Crossing Protection Conference, May 1964. Discarded Nov. 10, 2015.
Processed by Ronda Frazier in September 2015. Revised May 2016.
- Hiwan Homestead Museum (Jefferson County, Colo.) (Donor, Organization)
- Olympic Winter Games (12th : 1976) (Denver, Colo.) (Organization)
- Denver Olympic Committee. Organizing Committee (Organization)
Genre / Form
- Administrative records
- Minutes (administrative records)
- newspaper clippings
- Language of description
- Script of description