Mountain Accord Launch

Mountain Accord Launch

Mountain Accord Launch

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First Steps

“Mountain Accord has been one of the most important, and the most challenging, undertakings in my time as Mayor of Alta. Mountain Accord has convened critical stakeholders to solve important problems for the future of the Central Wasatch Mountains, as population growth threatens to compound our transportation problems, degrade our watershed and diminish the incredible recreational resources which provide quality of life and economic benefits to millions of Utahns. The agreement we have reached in Mountain Accord signifies an historic commitment to take actions that will ensure future generations can enjoy and depend on these resources.”

—Tom Pollard, Mayor, Town of Alta

Previous Studies

Mountain Accord began by cataloging and researching more than 80 recent studies and reports for various topic areas and geographies. These studies all contained bits and pieces of important information, but none gave a comprehensive picture of the current and expected future conditions of the Central Wasatch mountains. This research effort formed the basis for a package of introductory information to kick off a more comprehensive Mountain Accord process.

Early Scoping Period

Early on, the public was invited to submit feedback on the planning process, project goals, purpose and need for potential actions, and possible alternatives for consideration. This information was summarized in an Early Scoping Package and published on the website. Comments were taken through the website, public meetings, and town-hall type gatherings and events.

Highlights:

  • The early scoping period was open from January 21, 2014 to March 28, 2014.
  • Public scoping meetings were held on February 4, 2014, in Park City, and on February 5, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
  • The Notice of Early Scoping was published in the Federal Register January 10, 2014.
  • A total of 958 comments were received over the nine-week comment period.
  • A comprehensive Early Scoping Report summarizes the process and comments. Public input shaped the program goals and identified issues and potential alternatives to evaluate in the upcoming process.

Program Charter

The Program Charter was developed as a first priority and finalized in February 2014. The Program Charter outlined: 
  • Program goals and milestones
  • Executive Board membership
  • Committees and teams 
  • Consensus-based process for program milestones and outcomes
  • Conflict-resolution process
  • Meeting schedule and open meetings

Committees and Teams

Executive Board
Consensus-based body for Mountain Accord

Management Team
Small working group of the Executive Board
responsible for administration

Coordinating Team
Comprised staff of the Management Team organizations responsible for coordinating day to day work

Steering Committee
Comprised of staff members of the Executive Board and other parties to share information and provide feedback on process and technical materials

System Groups
Comprised of experts and stakeholders to agree on key outcomes for Environment, Recreation, Transportation, and Economy

Program Director
Neutral facilitator responsible for managing the program

Note: The Program Charter referenced the Phase I Interlocal Agreement (ILA) that outlined funding amounts for many of the public entities on the Executive Board.

A consensus-based process builds trust, encourages sharing of information, and provides an environment for collaborative problem solving. Consensus does not mean that everyone will be equally satisfied with the decision; rather, it means that the best decision was made given the agreed-upon process, stakeholders, and timeframe.

Agency Coordination

Significant coordination and communication with stakeholders and government agencies continued throughout the process to identify issues, resolve conflicts and inform decisions. Regular communications with federal agencies was conducted to build understanding and to prepare for potential National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) actions.

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