As the regional government for the metro area, it is Salt Lake County's job to make responsible decisions now so the Central Wasatch Mountains and canyons can be enjoyed by all users for future generations. The area is the vital source of clean affordable drinking water for more than half a million residents of the Salt Lake Valley, as well as a prime recreational destination for picnickers, hikers, wildlife watchers, skiers, climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
The Mountain Planning District (MPD) is an area of the Central Wasatch Mountains located in Salt Lake County. The Mountain Planning Commission is made up of representatives from throughout Salt Lake County that interpret ordinances and laws and make decisions about proposed development in the MPD.
The planning ordinance that identifies where development can occur in the canyons and foothills.
Salt Lake County planners are creating a general plan for the Mountain Planning District. The plan will be a blueprint for how development and preservation should be balanced in the future. Once county staff has an initial draft, the public will have the opportunity to weigh in on the plan.
Mountain Accord is a voluntary group of political leaders, environmental and advocacy groups, members of the ski industry, business leaders and representatives from federal and state agencies that have gathered around the table to reach consensus on how to preserve the Central Wasatch Mountains. In a rare departure from the institutional gridlock and conflict that often stymies complex decision-making, the group signed an 18 page accord in August 2015. It is a blueprint that describes actions needed to balance the environment, recreation, economy and transportation in this much loved and well-used area.