Central Wasatch Commission Releases Updated Draft of CWNCRA Legislation



SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Monday, October 29 2018, The Central Wasatch Commission (CWC) implemented changes into a third draft of the Central Wasatch National Conservation Recreation Area Act (CWNCRA). A new map has also been prepared that reflect the changes in the latest draft of the legislation. The changes reflect key issues identified through public comment periods and meetings with key stakeholder groups.

The Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area Act is aimed at settling longstanding disputes and protecting the Central Wasatch mountains. The CWNCRA is a direct result from the Mountain Accord agreement, a locally driven, consensus-based effort. The purpose of Mountain Accord was to bring all parties together to find long-term solutions to issues in the Central Wasatch range.

The CWNCRA was originally introduced in 2016 by Congressman Jason Chaffetz as HR 5718. A public meeting was has held on June 20th, 2018 to initiate comments on potential legislation, beginning with the HR 5718 version of the Bill. Under direction of the Central Wasatch Commission board to redraft the legislation from 2016, two drafts were made available to the public for review and comment on July 17th, 2018, and August 2nd, 2018.

A new, third draft of the legislation, dated October 26th, 2018, is presented to the public for review and comment. “The October 26th draft represents CWC’s latest efforts to tackle unresolved issues in the legislation.” said Chris McCandless, CWC Chair and Sandy City Councilman. “This has been an iterative process to-date and we look forward to continuing to resolve issues as they arise.”  The CWC plans to take up this draft of the legislation during the November 5th, 2018 regular Central Wasatch Commission meeting at Cottonwood Heights City Hall.


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