“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
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 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.
Consensus-based body for Mountain Accord
Small working group of the Executive Board
responsible for administration
Comprised staff of the Management Team organizations responsible for coordinating day to day work
Comprised of staff members of the Executive Board and other parties to share information and provide feedback on process and technical materials
Comprised of experts and stakeholders to agree on key outcomes for Environment, Recreation, Transportation, and Economy
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.
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.