Over the last few years, many participated in discussions about the Wasatch Canyons called the Mountain Accord. The hope was that the Accord would provide a plan to mitigate the transportation woes in the canyons. The finalized Mountain Accord recommended that the federal government have more control over the canyons.
The executive board of the Mountain Accord has proposed that the Accord plans be implemented by a new commission with powers to enact the various recommendations. The new entity will be called the Central Wasatch Commission (CWC), and it will have the ability to bond, levy fees and implement the Mountain Accord. In addition, in order to fund the recommendations, Article VIII B discusses loan financing agreements that could obligate taxpayers for more than 50 years through the commission.
The commission will be managed by a board of four mayors (Cottonwood Heights, Sandy, Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City). The commission will only allow more members with a unanimous vote of the four mayors. Mayors will have vastly more power outside of city councils with extraterritorial jurisdiction. This was the interlocal agreement (ILA) that Salt Lake City approved. Under complaints from the public, some are recommending that the ILA language be changed to increase approval chances at the County Council.