Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (VARD) is 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

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!