Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (VARD) is dedicated to preserving natural resources, protecting rural character, and promoting vibrant communities in Teton Valley.

The Event(s)

Visit us! at our upcoming booths at these upcoming events:

Saturday, July 18th- Community Foundation of Teton Valley Tin Cup Challenge at the Driggs City Center in downtown Driggs, ID.  The event will include a 5K & 10K competitive races, a 5K FunRun/Walk, and a celebration of community spirit and support featuring a free breakfast and fun family activities hosted by participating nonprofits. For more information see below or click here.

Thursday, July 23rd- Music on Main at the Victor City Park in downtown Victor, ID. For line up and more information click here.

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

AssignmentEarthVideoPic(homepage)Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (commonly known as VARD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit citizens' group working towards fair and predictable development that will benefit the entire community and future generations.

Our approach is a collaborative one. 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.

Our Mission

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



Help us build a 1) fair, 2) safe, and 3) prosperous Teton Valley!


Join, renew or give a gift membership to VARD with a tax-deductible donation! Give online or mail us a check payable to: VARD, PO Box 1164, Driggs, ID 83422. Learn about membership here. Thank you!

2015 Tin Cup Challenge! Support VARD! tincup

2015 marks the 8th year for the annual Tin Cup Challenge! Beginning Friday, May 22 through Monday, July 27, 2015, the Community Foundation of Teton Valley will be accepting donations benefitting Valley Advocates for Responsible Development and other Teton Valley nonprofits.

Donors interested in supporting VARD during the 8th Annual Tin Cup Challenge can do so with one transaction, either online at www.tincupchallenge.org or by check by calling 208-354-0230 for a brochure and more details.

The Tin Cup Challenge celebration, complete with a 5K Fun Run/Walk, 5K and 10K competitive races and family fun for all ages will take place on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Driggs City Center in downtown Driggs. We hope to see you there!


Check out the new VARD schwag!

We are very excited to unveil our new VARD gear & apparel at this Monday's May 18th Grow Smart Teton Valley event (see above). Items will be available for purchase all night long and then check back here for information on how to purchase online or in the office. photo (2)

All proceeds benefit programs that preserve natural resources, protect rural character, and promote vibrant communities. A huge thank you to Mimi Matsuda for the use of her art work. Visit Mimi's website here.