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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.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Unfortunately VARD has not become the group that they said they would be or say that they are. They accomplish their goals through bullying and slander. If you want to support a great non-profit in Teton Valley that actually helps to keep our land natural and undeveloped, then please consider the Teton Regional Land Trust. Your money and time will be put to far greater use.

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VARD 03/29/2016

Hi there Rachel - We do value your feedback as a former employee. Please stop by the office some time. Thanks.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

VARD is one of the only organizations in Teton Valley that fights for this part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. As the valley grows, I see this organization helping to make sure the protection of its natural resources, agricultural character, and vibrant cities are being met. Thank you VARD for all you do!

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VARD 03/28/2016

Thank you for your support!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

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VARD 03/29/2016

Thank you for your feedback. We welcome your input. Please stop by our office any time to discuss.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Valley Advocates for Reasonable Development is actively working towards a smart future for Teton Valley. By providing accurate and factual informationn to valley residents the community is able to stay abreast on development issues and have a voice in the decision making process. This valley is a beautiful wild place that attracts tourists as such. It is incredibly important to protect it from unreasonable land development and expansion for the sake of expansion. VARD is essential to a healthy future for Teton Valley.