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Valley Advocates for Responsible Development Inc

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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Environment, Land Resources Conservation

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.

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Rating: 5

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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VARD Thanks for the feedback and thank you for volunteering!


Client Served

Rating: 5

What I like the most about Valley Advocates is how hard they work to distill down complicated and controversial topics. Land use issues are really contentious here in Teton Valley, and for 15 years, they have worked so hard to stay above the fray. They cover stories and issues for years, long after the newspaper has discontinued coverage. I am always sure to read their email reports and letters because I want to learn more about local issues regarding our lands and open spaces. They go to all the meetings and hearings and read through the long reports so I don't have to. I feel like they are my advocate.

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VARD 03/28/2016

Yes, the public meetings and hearings can be long, but it's worth it! Being there in person is the best way for us to provide grassroots planning advocacy.


Client Served

Rating: 5

VARD is an ESSENTIAL organization in Teton Valley. Our community has a history of unplanned, short-sited development patterns. As a result we are facing serious pitfalls in wildlife corridors, zombie subdivisions w/ thousands of empty lots and houses, lack of pathways, lack of density, and risks to our future wilderness-based tourist industry that fuels our economy. VARD works as a tireless watchdog to educate people on Smart Growth principles and to ensure that our county's leaders are helping regulate future planning.