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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!



Rating: 4

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.



Rating: 5

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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