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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.

What We are Working On

Our collaborative Teton Creek Corridor Project was featured in the Western Planner!

Our collaborative Teton Creek Corridor Project was featured in the Western Planner!

Our very own Shawn Hill wrote an in-depth article on the Teton Creek Corridor project, which is featured in this...
Zoning verification inquiry submitted to the City of Victor regarding the Cobblestone Hotel

Zoning verification inquiry submitted to the City of Victor regarding the Cobblestone Hotel

October 3, 2018 Ashley Koehler, Interim Building & Planning Administrator City of Victor 32 Elm Street \ P.O. Box 122...
Did you miss our Victor open house?

Did you miss our Victor open house?

No problem! You can view our materials HERE.  Our informational boards are pretty darn cool and full of great background...
What’s our vector, Victor?

What’s our vector, Victor?

Looks like a lot of you love Victor and really care about how the town grows! The weather was just...
Comment Letter on county Road & Bridge Facility proposed along Teton Creek

Comment Letter on county Road & Bridge Facility proposed along Teton Creek

September 5, 2018 City of Driggs Planning & Zoning Commission PO Box 48 60 S Main St. Driggs, ID 83422...
Pint Night 2018

Pint Night 2018

What a great evening! Thanks for coming out to support us in our BEST Tin Cup year ever!

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.