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For 15 years, 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...

AssignmentEarthVideoPic(homepage)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!

RDP_Logo_RGB_smFounded in 2001, 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

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.



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!


Did you get this survey in your mailbox?

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Generously funded by a grant from the George B Storer Foundation,Valley Advocates for Responsible Development is conducting a valley-wide survey on local issues of conservation, workforce housing, and recreation. The return portion is pre-stamped so all you have to do is drop it in the mail!

All survey respondents will be entered to win a night’s stay at Spring Creek Ranch or dinner at Forage Bistro & Lounge

Our Office in Driggs!

Our Office in Driggs!

The Grand Prize Drawing will take place on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at our Open House mixer event hosted at our office in Driggs. Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Come stop by to learn about our free services and newest publications. 

Open House from 5:00 to 700PM on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

285 E Little Avenue in Driggs

(208) 354-1707