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Reshaping Development Patterns


— High Country News features VARD and the RDP effort – March, 2012. 

— VARD presents Reshaping Development Patternsat Denver University’s Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute – March 4, 2011, and again on March 3, 2012.

— New West features Reshaping Development Patterns – March, 2011.

— Replatting ordinances unanimously adopted! The Board of County Commissioners approved a replatting ordinance with redesign processes and incentives for defunct subdivisions on Nov. 22, 2010.

— Assignment Earth produces a short film about Reshaping Development Patterns – Nov 2010.

— VARD presents Reshaping Development Patterns at the Orton Foundation’s Community Matters Conference – Oct 6, 2010.

Teton County adopts Fiscal Impact Planning System – June 8, 2010.

— DVD’s of our workshop at Teton Springs are now available for purchase for $40.00 to cover our production and shipping costs. Please send check payment with “DVD” written on the memo line to:  VARD   PO Box 1164   Driggs, ID   83422

— Reshaping Development Patterns was awarded funding in the 1% for the Tetons campaign – June, 2010.

— Reshaping Development Patterns was featured on Open Spaceson Wyoming Public Radio – June 2010.

— Our Summer 2010 newsletter on Reshaping Development Patterns.

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We are pleased to announce our partnership with Western Lands and Communities, a joint venture of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute, to explore best management practices for reshaping unsustainable development patterns. Teton County, Idaho and Arizona’s Pinal County have been identified as rural and urban case studies for this pilot project. The recent boom in Western population growth and development followed by a precipitous bust in housing and land values continues to impact quality of life, sustainability, and ecosystem health throughout the Intermountain West. The current economic downturn provides both the opportunity and the need to address past impacts and better prepare for future growth.

PHASE 1 – The Salt Lake City workshop.
To kick off the project, in November 2009 a workshop was held in Salt Lake City in conjunction with the University of Utah’s Metropolitan Research Center.  Planners, economists, developers, attorneys, and bankers from around the country came together to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by unsustainable growth in rural western communities like Teton County. The goal was to study our patterns of growth and consider the full range of problems and solutions related to premature and obsolete subdivisions. From this workshop, emerge potential tools and best practices to address these boom-bust growth patterns.

  • Click here for a summary of the Salt Lake workshop and a list of participants

PHASE 2 – Community workshops at Teton Springs Resort.
The second phase of this project took place on April 29-30, 2010 when VARD hosted a community-wide workshop at Teton Springs Resort to discuss the reality of premature and obsolete subdivisions. We had a terrific and diverse turnout of community members, which indicates that this issue resonates with valley residents. Presenters included market analysts, developers, bankers, planners, and attorneys who provided their perspective on the past, present, and future valley development trends. The boom-bust pattern of growth has been unsustainable and expensive to service. We need to plan our recovery and redirect growth into more sustainable models.

PHASE 3 – Facilitated plat redesign.
Can you take an obsolete subdivision and redesign it to benefit both the developer and the community’s pocket books? The third phase includes working with Teton County, ID to draft and adopt ordinances and best practices for replatting obsolete subdivisions. These the policies and procedures are used as an incentive for developers to redesign their projects to more sustainable models. On November 22nd, 2010, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved this replatting ordinance. As a part of Phase 3, VARD is also engaged in using these ordinances to help redesign one resort development, Targhee Hill Estates. There may be additional pilot projects come soon.

  • Click here to learn about our first pilot project, the redesign of Targhee Hill Estates

Studies, maps, tools, and statistics for this project:

  • Click hereto view our project library.
  • Click here to see our statistics page (Updated 5-18-2012).
  • Click here to learn more about the Fiscal Impact Planning System (FIPS).This program was created to study the costs of zombie subdivisions in Teton Valley.

What’s been vacated or re-platted thus far?

  • Click here to read status updates on subdivisions that have been vacated or re-platted thus far.



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