Mountain Accord and The Central Wasatch Commission

Mountain Accord and The Central Wasatch Commission

Mountain Accord and The Central Wasatch Commission

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Background:

Mountain Accord brought together disparate interests in a collaborative manner to settle decades of conflict and to create a sustainable plan for the preservation of the Central Wasatch mountains. The process’ Executive Board included more than 20 representatives from federal, state and local governments and agencies, environmental advocacy groups, and private interests.

Mountain Accord was not a public body nor was it a government entity.

The project was initiated through a Program Charter in February 2014. The results of this unique collaboration among public, private and advocacy groups were memorialized in The Accord, signed in August of 2015.

Neither the Program Charter nor The Accord are legally binding documents.

Funds for the project were contributed and allocated to projects through Interlocal Agreements (legally binding) among the local governments represented on the Executive Board.

Mountain Accord operated in an open and transparent manner.

  • Executive Board meetings were open to the public (30 meetings).
  • System Group Committee meetings for Environment, Recreation, Transportation, and Economy were open to the public (more than 30 meetings).
  • Executive Board and System Group meeting notices and notes were posted on Mountain Accord’s website mountainaccord.com.
  • There were many opportunities for public engagement and comment, including more than 20 open houses and forums.
  • Because Mountain Accord was a project, not a political subdivision of the state, it was not possible to post meetings to the Utah Public Meetings Website.

The Central Wasatch Commission

The CWC, now under consideration by local governments, will be a formal governmental entity. It will formalize the Mountain Accord collaborative effort.

A Stakeholder Council will advise the CWC and will include all the jurisdictions with authority in the mountain area plus residents, private interests, and advocacy groups.

CWC and Stakeholder Council meetings will be open to the public and will comply with the Utah Open Meetings Act, as outlined in the draft Interlocal Agreements.

Funding and Contracting

The state of Utah and local government partners have contributed approximately $7.6 million to the effort.

Funds are in a holding account at UTA.

Approximately $5.9 million has been spent as of August 2016. Decisions on spending are documented in Executive Board meeting notes.

Consultants were hired through public, competitive bid processes through UTA and local government partners. Requests for proposals were advertised on partner and Mountain Accord websites.

Download a PDF version of this fact sheet here.

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