The Mountain Accord process was designed around key planning systems that interact within the Central Wasatch—
Environment, Recreation, Transportation and Economy. System groups for each of these areas were populated with
policy-level and technical subject matter experts, community and advocacy group representatives, and staff from
government agencies. Led by two co-chairs per group, more than 200 individuals contributed time and expertise to this process. The work of the system groups produced the foundation of Mountain Accord.
Each system group developed idealized systems independent of interrelationships with other systems. For example, what would the perfect, or ideal recreation system look like, regardless of what the ideal transportation system might include? Considering each system idealistically allowed the groups to think about big and unconstrained ideas, which were later balanced and reconciled with other groups’ concepts.
The major outcomes for each system (idealized systems) were parsed into smaller milestones and agreement was reached on each milestone before proceeding to the next. Coming to an agreement involved extensive research and dialogue from March to October 2014, including 32 system group meetings (8 per group), plus workshops, sub-committees, calls and coordination between system group meetings. Stakeholder meetings were conducted with all four system groups to get updates and stay informed on other system group recommendations.