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An Accord sought for the Wasatch Mountains

Parkites over the next week will have opportunities to learn about the regional planning efforts known as the Mountain Accord.

The Mountain Accord is a group of more than 20 government entities, not-for-profit organizations and corporate interests crafting a plan for the Wasatch Mountains as the region continues to be pressured by growth.

City Hall and the County Courthouse are two of the Mountain Accord participants. Others include state and federal agencies, government entities in the Salt Lake Valley, the ski industry and an environmental watchdog.

Park City Councilman Andy Beerman, a member of the executive committee of the Mountain Accord, said the work is a "once-in-a-generation opportunity."

The Mountain Accord is scheduled to hold a roundtable discussion in Park City on Monday. It is set from 6 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. at the Park City Marriott, 1895 Sidewinder Drive, and is open to the public. Beerman and a slate of others involved in the Mountain Accord are expected to attend. City Hall hopes upward of 100 people attend the event.

"There’s a lot of pressures on the Wasatch," Beerman said, adding that the pressure will "escalate" if plans are not crafted.

Some of the pressures include population growth and pollution.

Ann Ober, a policy adviser at City Hall who is also involved in the Mountain Accord, spoke about the broadness of the work.

"They have a huge opportunity to talk about every aspect of life in Park City," Ober said.

The Mountain Accord addresses overarching ideals like recreation, the environment, the economy and transportation. The efforts started in the fall of 2012, prior to the adoption of the Mountain Accord moniker, Beerman said. The Mountain Accord involves a swath of the Wasatch Mountains running from Interstate 80 to Little Cottonwood Canyon. The area encompasses the mountain resorts of the Park City, Big Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon.

People who want to learn about the Mountain Accord prior to the event on Monday may attend one of the scheduled ‘101’ meetings. They are set for:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Treasure Mountain Inn from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Mega-Genius Supply Store on Swede Alley from noon until 1 p.m.

    The Monday event starts with 30 minutes of light appetizers and is followed by the roundtable discussion with questions and answers.

    The event will start an important week locally for the Mountain Accord. The Park City Council and the Summit County Council are separately scheduled to discuss the topic on Oct. 14 with a rare joint meeting of the two panels scheduled the next day.

    The Mountain Accord plans to hold more open houses in early December followed by time for public input. Recommendations outlining preferred scenarios are expected in mid-January. Another phase of the Mountain Accord is possible afterward.

    More information about the Mountain Accord is available on its website, http://www.mountainaccord.com.


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