Mountain Accord Background Website Information Archive

Website Information Archive

The following is a catalogue of the information posted on the Mountain Accord website during the process leading up to the Accord.


Existing Conditions and Future Trendlines

The Existing Conditions and Future Trendlines reports summarize the best available information on existing conditions and future trendlines for Mountain Accord’s Transportation, Environment, Recreation and Economy Systems. This information helped to identify the key needs and opportunities for each system, inform the development of a vision, goals and metrics, and establish a baseline against which to compare options for Idealized Systems. Each report is available for review below:

These reports were made available to the public for review and comment from April 18 – May 2, 2014. Final reports were approved by the Executive Board on May 12. A summary of comments can be found below:


Vision, Goals and Metrics

Each System group developed a Vision statement that briefly articulates, in a broad sense, a shared description of the desired future state of that System in the Central Wasatch. It is meant to be inspirational and reflective of the communities’ values and highest desires for that System. The Vision provides a foundation for determining more specific goals. It is stated in the present tense, as though describing how that System will be performing in its idealized state in the future.

The Goals describe the specific desired outcomes for the System by the year 2040. They give more specificity to the Vision. They address the question: What are the key outcomes we need by 2040 in order to achieve our long term vision for this System? The goals are intended to represent outcomes that can be accomplished through the proposed actions that will be recommended through Mountain Accord.

The Metrics are essentially the criteria for evaluating potential Idealized Systems and Combined Scenarios. They will be used to measure how well proposed actions (project and policy proposals) address the Goals, using data or information that is available in Phase One.

Our Vision, Goals and Metrics Report is available to view below:

This information was made available for public review and comment from July 28 – August 8, 2014. The final information was approved by the Executive Board on August 18. Public comments can be found below:


Idealized Systems

To move toward a preferred future scenario for the central Wasatch Mountains, we asked each System Group to dream big and consider their system in a perfect world, taking into consideration the group’s Vision, Goals and Metrics. These ambitions are reflected in each group’s FINAL Ideal System, which can be reviewed below:

The public was invited to review and comment on a DRAFT of the Idealized Systems document between October 3 and November 20, 2014. All public comments provided before November 10 were wrapped into a report for the Mountain Accord Executive Board, for its evaluation of the Idealized Systems. That report was continually updated through the conclusion of the comment period.

Idealized Systems Public Feedback (Complete List)

Blueprint History

In the face of a rapidly growing population, these resources are under continued pressure and at risk unless action is taken now. Mountain Accord was established to make critical decisions and implement solutions to preserve this treasured area and ensure long-term vitality. This unprecedented collaboration of diverse groups seeks to create a collaborative solution for the future of the Central Wasatch. Mountain Accord’s goal is to create and build a consensus that will include responsible stewardship of natural resources, preservation of quality recreation experiences, establish an environmentally sustainable transportation system, and contribute to a vibrant economy.

Future-of-Central-Wasatch-GraphicThe process has brought together more than 20 organizations and nearly 200 stakeholdersto discuss a plan for future that preserves the legacy of the Wasatch. We formed groups around four important areas — environment, recreation, transportation and economy. We filled these groups with technical experts, community and advocacy groups as well as folks from agencies and organizations related to each area.

These groups first established a baseline for the way each part of the puzzle exists today and how it may exist in the future , a collection of visions, goals and ways to measure progress and created a set of “perfect world” visualizations for each area.

This on-going work led us to the Mountain Accord Blueprint, a proposal that examined each area in detail and proposed suggestions and possibilities for the future. Then we asked you what you thought and received thousands of comments.

Proposed Blueprint

Mountain Accord has developed a proposed Blueprint for the future of the Central Wasatch Mountains. A public comment period concluded on May 1, 2015.


Supporting documentation:

 Accord Development Reference Documentation

Draft Accord 4.0 July 9–13 (changes shown) and July 13, 2015 Meeting Notes

Draft Accord 3.0 and June 29, 2015 Meeting Notes

Mountain Accord Program Charter

Mountain Accord Existing Conditions and Future Trendlines Report

Mountain Accord Vision, Goals, and Metrics

Mountain Accord Idealized Systems Reports

Mountain Accord Trails Implementation Plan

Additional Documentation:

Accord  July 9, 2015 (outdated)

SCR010 Final Resolution State of Utah

Utah County Mountain Accord Resolution July 7, 2015