VALLEY ADVOCATES FOR RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT INC

Rating: 4.53 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Environment, Economic Development

Location: PO Box 1164 285 E. Little Ave. Driggs ID 83422 USA

Mission: Valley Advocates for Responsible Development advocates for private, public and civic actions that promote responsible development and sustainable use of the natural resources (water, land, wildlife and air) in Teton Valley, Idaho.
Target demographics: advocate for the responsible development and sustainable use of natural resources (water, land, wildlife and air)
Direct beneficiaries per year: craft best management practices for re-designing obsolete subdivisions in Teton County, ID and actively tracked the drafting of county land-use code
Geographic areas served: Teton Valley, ID
Programs: studies, research, publications, workshops and professional assistance. We are a watchdog for the community at the local decision making level by attending county and city public meetings/hearings. We advocate for local land use decision-making by crafting policies, goals and objectives that promote or implement responsible development that benefits Teton Valley families and future generations.

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a new resident in Teton Valley, I’ve found VARD to be a very strong resource for residents, landowners, and developers. VARD advocates for sustainable development and natural resource protections. Their work with partners on both sides of the Tetons exemplifies their cooperative and collaborative programming to achieve conservation outcomes in our community. Their work on replatting subdivisions, their input and attendance at local meetings and their communications and education of the public is terrific. They work hard for landowners and the public, protecting property rights, improving property values and our way of life in Teton Valley. Keep up the good work! Thank you!

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Rating: 1 stars  

Please do not support this organization. ...please, please

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Eliminate their politic vitriol .

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

VARD has done an excellent job creating a dialog about sustainable development in our valley. Teton Valley has gone through huge development booms and busts, and much of the open land is plotted for subdiviions as people try to make their fortunes. VARD helps bring together disparate voices leading to polite and productive conversations. Their work is invaluable as our valley grows and changes.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a non-resident who has visited the beauty of the Teton Valley, I have been happy to support VARD and it's great staff in their efforts. I only wish my community in the State of Washington had such strong advocates.

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Likely

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Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

VARD is a strong and much needed advocate for sustainable development and natural resource protection in Teton Valley. Historic development patterns in the valley have been unguided and have resulted in a "shotgun blast" pattern, which has led to over-stretched public services and wildlife habitat fragmentation. In the face of seemingly ever-present political turmoil, VARD provides a progressive, research-supported, smart-growth, alternative to traditional development strategies.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

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Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

VARD is the only organization working to curb development in Teton County. If you aren't familiar, this is perhaps one of the most beautiful valleys in the country in the shadow of the Teton mountains. If not for the hard work of VARD and it's suporters to keep development within city limits and abiding by state law, developers will continue to try and turn this velley into condos, concrete and strip malls.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

VARD serves a very important role in the community as a government resource and by helping citizens stay informed and be involved in the public decision making process.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

VARD is an organization filled with pro-active, energetic professionals dedicated to sustainable development. They serve a large membership of individuals who on their own would likely not take the time to keep informed and have their voices heard.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

VARD is a very small organization that relies heavily on its volunteer supporters who are concerned about smart gowth and conservation of the natural beauty of Teton County. The collaborative and consultative nature of its advocacy is effective and impressive. My experience working with them as a volunteer presenter at a fund raising event was quite positive!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Valley Advocates for Responsible Development is about the process of community development at many levels and "advocates" for sound economic development consistent with Teton Valley wildlife, scenic, and human resources. VARD advocates for land use planning processes based on accurate and complete scientific and social information affecting the community as a whole, whether it relates to water or wildlife resources or the proper placement of industrial and manufacturing uses. In pursuing that goal at the micro level, VARD provides essential community resources by attending and publicizing for the community's citizens as well as their elected representatives and planning staff virtually all of the land use decisions of the County and local town govenrments. At the macro level, VARD works with national organizations on strategies and programs to integrate Teton County's development and practices with other western communities and regions facing the same task of protecting natural resources while promoting sustainable economies in difficult times. VARD's mission affects everyone and is well worth supporting and participating in.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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