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What We are Working On

HB 127 has been defeated!

HB 127 has been defeated!

This bad bill was officially defeated by a vote of 30-38-2 in the Idaho House of Representatives yesterday! Our local District...
Check out Shawn’s presentation from our 2019 Annual Meeting

Check out Shawn’s presentation from our 2019 Annual Meeting

What a night! Our staff and board share the deepest gratitude for all of the enthusiasm, thoughtful questions, and incredibly generous...
Letter to the Editor: The Domino Effect of Sprawl

Letter to the Editor: The Domino Effect of Sprawl

The Domino Effect of Sprawl Teton Valley News, February 28, 2019 How does sprawl happen? It usually happens gradually, rezone...
Letter in Opposition to Idaho HB 127

Letter in Opposition to Idaho HB 127

February 22, 2019 Representative Marc Gibbs Representative Chad Christensen Idaho House of Representatives 632 Highway 34 Grace, ID 83241 Re:...
Letter to the Editor: Let the 300 Main project expire

Letter to the Editor: Let the 300 Main project expire

Let the 300 Main project expire Teton Valley News, January 17, 2019 Slow, steady, incremental growth is key to Teton...
Comment letter on 300 Main

Comment letter on 300 Main

January 15, 2018 Driggs City Council PO Box 48 Driggs, ID 83422 Re: 300 Main Development Agreement Extension Dear Members...

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.