MURRAY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A major development is being discussed which will impact the Wasatch mountains and Utah ski resorts. It’s called the “Mountain Accord.” On Wednesday night, the parties involved held a public question and answer meeting at Cottonwood High School.
“We’re very concerned with the experience people have,” said Dave Whittekind, Forest Supervisor, Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
Serious conversations are now being had about a major project in Salt Lake, Summit and Wasatch Counties called “Mountain Accord.” It’s a plan to build greater transportation options and environmental protections in the Central Wasatch mountains between areas like Park City and Salt Lake County.
“A lot of us feel that we have a one time opportunity to make some decisions that will protect these incredible mountains that serve so many purposes for us,” said Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City.
Wednesday night representatives from Salt Lake City, Ski Utah, the Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Service and others held a public meeting at Cottonwood High School to answer people’s questions.
“Can you describe the process for how you would complete the transportation, and evaluation of the links?” said a moderator.
When it comes to transportation, part of the plan includes new transit lines. As seen on a map, purple lines represent new rail lines, tunnels, bus routes, trams, and more connecting people from major economic areas, signified by big blue dots, to the ski resorts, etc. represented by small red dots. It’s a complex project, and people that Reporter Brian Carlson talked to about it have mixed feelings.
“Having a transit system go up the canyon is just going to be more money and more issues than it will be to solve,” said AJ Andersen, opposed to the Mountain Accord.
“We can’t just stay with the status quo; as more and more people are coming and we have these beautiful resources let’s utilization to the max,” said Michael Ann Nichols, supports the Mountain Accord.
“I just don’t understand what the purpose would be of building more public transportation that people might not even take,” said David Baer, questions the Mountain Accord.
It’s important to mention, nothing has been approved yet. Public meetings like the one Wednesday night will run through April. If approved, no work would begin for roughly two years.