Mountain Accord board adopts plan for Central Wasatch |

Mountain Accord board adopts plan for Central Wasatch

Bob Lloyd, The Park Record

The Mountain Accord executive board averted two 11th-hour disputes Monday to unanimously pass a plan to control development on both sides of the Wasatch Mountains.

The board agreed to language that satisfied environmental groups’ concerns about connecting the major ski resorts in Park City and the Cottonwood Canyons, explicitly stating that all ideas were being considered, even leaving the resorts independent of one another.

The board also dropped a land-swap proposal with Snowbird Ski Resort that extended into the American Fork Canyon in Utah County. Residents there had protested the plan, saying they wanted to control the canyon’s future, not the Mountain Accord.

Both deals were ironed out Monday just before the meeting. With those issues smoothed over, the executive board passed the Accord with polite discussion and little fanfare.

"I’m incredibly pleased that we could make this milestone event," said Laynee Jones, the Mountain Accord’s program director. "It’s an historic moment in time, and the sentiment in this room is that we all love these mountains, and they are incredibly important to us."