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!
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.
Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (VARD) is truly a community resource. The professional staff conduct research, host free seminars & forums, & when the topic is outside of in-house expertise they commission studies. Subjects have ranged from nutrient pathogen water studies to the fiscal impacts of development as well as many other themes. One current project, Reshaping Development Patterns, is a collaboration between VARD, the Sonoran Institute, & the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Through research, seminars & community roundtables VARD has been working to identify best practices & to draft ordinances to assist the County officials as they attempt to deal with distressed & obsolete subdivisions leftover from the boom years. A goal is to motivate developers to significantly scale back the scope of their original development plans through re-platting. This is a win-win situation for all county property owners, the local government & our resident wildlife.
VARD plays a critical role in Teton Valley, Idaho by providing timely, fact based information on development issues. The organization is particularly relevant as the county and its residents take steps to plan for the future after having learned hard lessons from the recent real estate bust.
Valley Advocates for Responsible Development is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit citizens' group that advocates for private, public, and civic actions that will result in the responsible development and sustainable use of the natural resources (water, land, wildlife, and air) in Teton Valley. VARD works towards fair and predictable development that will benefit the entire community and future generations. Our approach is a collaborative one. We seek to be a resource for local decision makers and developers, as well as to educate and empower citizens to be involved in the local decision-making process. Recent program work has involved the Teton Valley 2020 Comprehensive Plan; tracking land-use planning efforts; representing the citizens of Tetonia pro bono in an Annexation case, to name only a few active VARD projects. VARD's recent OP/Eds and e-mail alerts have significantly clarified misconceptions about taxes, the comp plan process and intent, and about land-use proposals. The organization seeks to provide fact-based education and outreach to its members and the public, in order to provide information about and clarify current land-use and planning issues.
For about a decade Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (VARD) has been and continues to be a resource to the community. The mission driven staff have helped us towards a well-managed growth plan that allows Teton Valley, ID to keep its historical character while evolving fairly and productively. VARD educates, advocates, advises, supports citizens, decision makers and developers. Most importantly, VARD asks us all to stop, think, reflect and involve ourselves in shaping our future proactively.