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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Mountain Accord?

Mountain Accord is a multi-phase program that seeks to make long-term decisions regarding the future of the central Wasatch Mountains. Decision making for this program is broad reaching and will consider a range of issues and goals, centered on the interconnection of four key systems: transportation, environment, economy, and recreation.

Mountain Accord is a collaboration with public and private interests including state and local governments, federal agencies, and industry and grass roots organizations.Decision making for this program will rely on input from each of these entities.

2. Why is this being done?

Utah's central Wasatch Mountains and canyons are a significant natural resource that enhances the quality of life for more than 1 million nearby residents and visitors. However, continued population growth in Salt Lake, Summit and Wasatch counties means the availability of efficient transportation, clean air and water, recreation resources, and land use will be threatened unless steps are taken now to balance these equally important resources.

3. What will be the outcome of Mountain Accord?

Mountain Accord consists of two phases. In Phase One, the project team will work together with the public, key stakeholders and agencies to evaluate proposed future scenarios for the central Wasatch Mountains, considering transportation, environmental, economic, and recreation goals. Scenario planning provides a framework for developing a shared vision for the future by analyzing various issues at the same time. The outcome of this phase will be the selection of a preferred scenario, including various proposed actions to meet the program's goals. Proposed actions could include preparation of NEPA documents or policy decisions to ready projects for implementation.

During Phase Two, the Mountain Accord project team will implement the proposed actions included in the preferred scenario determined in Phase One.

4. How long will this process take?

Phase One is expected to last 12 months, with a preferred scenario identified in early 2015. Phase Two, where specific actions are studied in greater detail, is expected to take a minimum of two years to complete.

5. Haven't we done this before?

Previous plans and studies have examined many of these issues and proposed actions for the future of the central Wasatch Mountains. However, they were limited in their scope, only applying to a specific jurisdiction or area. Mountain Accord is a decision making program that will collectively decide on specific proposed actions and projects to be implemented now to shape the future.

6. How does Mountain Accord incorporate findings from other plans and studies?

Two studies in particular – Wasatch Canyons Tomorrow and Mountain Transportation Study – led directly to the creation of the Mountain Accord program. Many other plans, developed by cities, counties, and other agencies within the study area, provide a management or regulatory framework for the land and resources of the area. The Mountain Accord program is not starting from scratch–the team will use the outcome of the completed studies and input from ongoing concurrent studies as the foundation of this program.

7. What is NEPA?

The 1969 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to consider environmental impacts when planning and deciding on new projects and policies. NEPA's purpose is to ensure that before significant federal actions occur, environmental impacts are thoroughly evaluated and impact information is disclosed to both public officials and citizens. NEPA requires that each federal agency take into consideration the environmental consequences of proposed actions, and takes necessary steps to avoid or mitigate these impacts where possible.

8. How do I get involved?

Your input is highly valued and will help shape the future of the central Wasatch Mountains. You can provide an official comment regarding the Mountain Accord program by attending one of our upcoming public meetings:

Feb. 4, 2014
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Park City High School

Feb. 5, 2014
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Skyline High School

You can also submit a comment electronically by clicking here.

To stay informed throughout the project, you can contact the project using the information below:
Hotline: (844) 5-ACCORD
(844) 522-2673

Email: info@moutainaccord.com

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