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Promote rural landscapes by eating DONUTS!

Promote rural landscapes by eating DONUTS!

Want to support our grassroots community planning work AND great local businesses?  Now you can save open spaces, wild places, ...
What’s the impact of Victor design standards on cottage court units?

What’s the impact of Victor design standards on cottage court units?

With the Fenn cottage court project being a pressing concern to Victor residents, the question is: What's the impact of...
What’s our vector, Victor?

What’s our vector, Victor?

Back by popular demand! Come learn all the latest news on growth and development in Victor. As our community experiences...
Comment letter on Moose Creek Ranch Expansion

Comment letter on Moose Creek Ranch Expansion

August 6, 2019 Teton County Planning & Zoning Commission 150 Courthouse Drive Driggs, Idaho 83422 Re: Moose Creek Conditional Use...
Summer 2019 Newsletter

Summer 2019 Newsletter

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: What's our twenty, Teton Valley? Where have we been? Where are we going? Land use and planning...
“Fenn is Fatally Flawed” – Editorial in the Teton Valley News

“Fenn is Fatally Flawed” – Editorial in the Teton Valley News

I was sorry to read of Molly Absolon’s frustrations expressed in her editorial last week. Such frustrations, in my opinion,...

A History of Action

Since 2001, Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (VARD) has been dedicated to preserving natural resources, protecting rural character, and promoting vibrant communities in Teton Valley

The Problem

For nearly a decade, Teton County, ID grew at an unprecedented rate as one of the fastest growing counties in Idaho and the entire nation. The rapid growth strained every type of local resource, from water supply to wildlife habitat to government capacity.

Now, with the housing market fall-out, Teton County is faced with a huge over-supply of homes and lots, as well as one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation. The land-use decisions we make now will reverberate far beyond our own lifetimes.

The Solution

Founded in 2001, Valley Advocates for Responsible Development is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit citizens’ group working towards fair and predictable development that will benefit the entire community and future generations.

We seek to be a resource for local decision makers and developers, as well as to educate and empower citizens to be involved in the local decision making process. Please join us. Your generous tax-deductible contribution will help us to continue our important work at hand to promote a prosperous community, while preserving the qualities that make Teton Valley, ID & WY special.

You Can Make A Difference

Please join us. Your generous tax-deductible contribution will help us to continue our important work at hand to promote a prosperous community, while preserving the qualities that make Teton Valley, ID & WY special

Who We Are

Our Mission: To shape policy, guide development, and provide outreach to preserve natural resources, protect rural character, and promote vibrant communities in Teton Valley through civic action.

What We Believe

VARD believes in smart growth and thoughtful development that benefits and promotes vibrant communities and future generations.

What We Do

VARD works with citizens, other nonprofit organizations, developers and local government to promote responsible development and sustainable use of the rural and natural resources of Teton Valley.

Find Out More

Go to our Donations Page and make a donation securely and conveniently. Or, you can mail a donation to:

Valley Advocates for Responsible Development

POB 1164

Driggs, ID 83422

Yes! We are a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation and your donations are tax-deductible.

Absolutely. Give us a call at 208-354-1707 or email us at info@tetonvalleyadvocates to learn about volunteer opportunities.