VARD seeks to be proactive as a Smart Growth resource to local decision makers and developers. We also strive to educate and empower the public to get involved in the local land-use process.
Some recent and past accomplishments include:
- Served as an advocate for the community on land-use planning and smart growth by attending Teton County and city meetings and providing public comments and meeting reports.
- Continuous public education and outreach through workshops, printed newsletters, email alerts, and our website.
- Published bi-annual newsletters delivered to our 500+ members and over 4,600 addresses within Teton County, ID.
- Program Director and Staff Attorney Anna Trentadue and Board President David Axelrod continue to represent the voters of Tetonia pro-bono as they seek recognition of the referendum election that de-annexed 267 acres of wetlands and agricultural fields in the sensitive Spring Creek corridor.
- After extensive outreach, compromise, and consensus building, VARD provided endorsement for the 2012 Comprehensive Plan (“Teton Valley 2020”) to the Teton County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners. The final product was unanimously approved at all levels of citizen and government review. If implemented as written, it helps to build upon lessons learned, offering protection from speculative development schemes, and encourages responsible and efficient use of taxpayer dollars, and investment in our community amenities.
- Recipient of Max Dalton Award Honorable Mention from Idaho Newspaper Foundation.
- Worked with county to establish a full time county planning director.
- Coordinated with Teton Valley Trails and Pathways to lobby the Idaho State Transportation Department for bike lane and pedestrian improvements in Driggs and Victor.
- Consistent advocacy for adoption and implementation of groundwater quality standards.
- Protected water quality in Teton Valley by compelling the Army Corps of Engineers to review wetland mapping.
- In conjunction with the Sonoran Institute – Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Joint Venture we produced a series of studies and reports for use by local decision-makers and launched the Reshaping Development Patterns Project.