News & Events

Listed below are recent news and events, click here to view them all.

VARD staff present at national planning conference
Friday, April 11, 2014
VARD staff continues to be busy presenting the results of our Reshaping Development Patterns project at the 2014 New Partners for Smartgrowth Conference ...(more)

VARD adds to staff with hiring of Paul Wendland
Thursday, April 03, 2014
VARD is pleased to announce that Paul Wendland has taken the reins as our Development Associate...(more)

Extreme Makeover: Downtown Driggs Edition!
Friday, March 14, 2014
In just ten short years, design standards have transformed downtown the city and brought historical Driggs back to life! ...(more)

Success! Tetonia citizens protect voting rights
Monday, March 03, 2014
After four years of pro bono legal representation, and review by the Idaho Supreme Court, the controversial “Egbert Annexation” has come to a close ...(more)

Mon, Feb 24- Commissioner Town Hall Meeting
Monday, February 24, 2014
County Commissioner Town Hall Meeting, 6:30-8:00pm: A Town Hall Meeting allows for respectful dialogue between the Board of County Commissioners and the public. ...(more)

The Dig Driggs business development guide!
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Driggs has created several programs and incentives for promoting downtown development and infill. They are hi-lighted in our latest project: The Dig Driggs Business Development Guide! ...(more)

VARD staff publish "Arrested Developments"
Thursday, January 23, 2014
VARD staff publish "Arrested Developments" in conjunction with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute....(more)

What does Shelby, TN have to do with Teton County?
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
What does Shelby, Tennessee have to do with Teton County?
Learn about 3 very important opportunities to provide input on drafted code....(more)

Sustainable Homes Tour & Seminar, Nov 9 & 19
Saturday, November 09, 2013
During this series, VARD will explain various tools that homeowners and communities can employ to ensure that planning carefully considers environmental...(more)

VARD files compaint to Idaho Attorney General
Monday, October 14, 2013
VARD filed complaint to the Idaho Attorney General alleging that the Teton County Commissioners misused public funds. ...(more)

11th Annual Mad Hatter Party & Auction, October 11
Friday, October 11, 2013
VARD Celebrates 11th Anniversary of Mad Hatter Party & Auction, 
Friday, October 11th at Alpine Wines, 6-9pm!

15 Questions You Were Embarrassed to Ask.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
15 Questions about County happenings that you were too embarrassed to ask....(more)

Code Studio needs YOUR input!
Thursday, August 01, 2013
As part of their participation in the Sustainable Communities HUD grant, the cities of Victor and Driggs are hosting a series of public design workshops from Saturday July 27th - August 1. ...(more)

Summer 2013 Newsletter Online
Friday, July 19, 2013
In this issue, VARD delves into why planning matters, listing examples of Teton Valley planning decisions that have benefited and harmed our local community. ...(more)

VARD's 2012 Annual Report
Monday, July 15, 2013
2012 was a year of relationship building for VARD. With your support, VARD worked with developers, lenders, and Teton Valley officials, to design creative and fiscally appealing approaches ...(more)

VARD Staff Publish 2nd Lincoln Research Paper
Monday, June 24, 2013
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has published the second research paper produced by VARD program staff, Addressing Excess Development Entitlements....(more)

What the heck is happening with the County Code?
Monday, June 17, 2013
Are the County Commissioners doing anything to implement the new Comp Plan? What the heck is going on with the new County Code?...(more)

River Rim Ranch to be re-platted?
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
River Rim Ranch may soon be redesigned in order to help Glacier Bank find a willing buyer to purchase this 5,500 acre unfinished resort development. ...(more)

VARD Summer Solstice Party June 21st!
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Celebrate the summer solstice with VARD! Join us for great BBQ food, music, and fun, as we gather to celebrate the land, water, and wildlife of Teton Valley....(more)

No job description? No interviews? No problem?
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
With no formalized job description, the County Commissioners select a new planner after 1 hour of deliberation, having conducted no interviews. ...(more)

Victor needs input on new downtown intersection
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Victor needs input on the design and layout of their new downtown intersection and traffic light. ...(more)

State Legislators Propose Amendment to LLUPA
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Idaho Senate has recently passed an amendment (S 1138) to the Local Land Use Planning Act (LLUPA) in order to clarify land use regulations. ...(more)

Teton Valley Curbside Chat, Tues., Feb 19
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A public “Curbside Chat” about the cause and impacts of the current financial crisis ...(more)

Teton County schedules its 6th plat vacation
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Board of County Commissioners has scheduled its 6th plat vacation. ...(more)

Volunteer Opportunities Available!
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
VARD could use a volunteer (or two) to help with a historical newspaper archive project. ...(more)

Planning, Property Rights, & Downtown Development
Thursday, December 06, 2012
VIEW THE TRANSCRIPT of the discussion with the internationally regarded economic consultant Donovan Rypkema held on Tuesday, October 30th in downtown Driggs, Idaho. ...(more)

Heliskiing gets 3 year temporary approval
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
On November 15th, the Teton County Board of County Commissioners allowed a 3-year heliskiing Temporary Use Permit to be issued subject to 15 preconditions of approval. ...(more)

Fall 2012 Newsletter Online
Sunday, September 30, 2012
In this issue, VARD asks each of the candidates how she/he will implement land use actions outlined in the recently passed Comprehensive Plan. Read the issue "hot-of-the-press" ...(more)

Aug 24th - Comp Plan UNANIMOUSLY adopted!
Friday, August 24, 2012
On August 24, 2012, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted the new Teton County Comprehensive Plan. ...(more)

July 10th - Comp Plan UNANIMOUSLY Passes P&Z!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Teton County Planing & Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the new Comprehensive Plan. It will now to go hearing before the County Commissioners on August 23rd. ...(more)

VARD's 2011 Annual Report
Thursday, June 21, 2012
2011: Consistency is the Key to Success. View a pdf version of VARD's 2011 Annual Report....(more)

Tracking Development Statistics 5-7-2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
This year, we have designed our Quickfacts to give a more holistic picture of the current state of development in our community. ...(more)

VARD's Summer Music Party at the Knotty! 6-15-2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
Enjoy the toe tappin' music featuring local and national bluegrass favorites Thomas Sneed, Tom Marshall, Ted Wells, Christine Langdon, Dave Bundy, and Greg Creamer......(more)

Comp Plan discussion at Alpine Wines 6-7-2012
Thursday, June 07, 2012

Join VARD for an educational discussion to learn more about Teton Valley's 2020 Comprehensive Planning framework map and document.


May 16th - Burns Concrete zoning hearing
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Breaking News: Idaho Supreme Court Affirms Teton County’s Denial of Concrete Batch Plant Tower. Driggs & Teton County will now hold hearings to reverse the zoning. ...(more)

Lincoln Inst. of Land Policy publishes VARD paper
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has now published a working paper written by VARD staff called, "Subdivision in the Intermountain West."...(more)

March 15th - Commissioners deny Stake permit
Thursday, March 15, 2012
On a 2:1 split vote, the Board of County Commissioners has denied Blackfoot Farms  Conditional Use Permit application for an LDS Stake Center at Highway 33 and 7000S....(more)

High Country News features VARD and RDP
Monday, March 05, 2012
In their March 5, 2012 issue, High Country News features VARD and Reshaping Development Patterns in their cover story on Teton County's recovery efforts. ...(more)

Can you spare 10 minutes for our future?
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The "Community Choices" planning survey is open until 5pm January 27th, and it's critically important that you take it! ...(more)

Mar 8 - Changing Land, Changing Water Presentation
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Join your neighbors as we discuss how our decisions as a community impact the sustainability of both our economy and our environment ...(more)

Check out our 2011 development album!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Check out our 2011 development album! ...(more)

VARD Fall-Winter 2011 Newsletter
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Our Fall-Winter 2011 newsletter discusses the successes, challenges, and lessons learn that are beginning to accumulate as a result of the "Reshaping Development Patterns project....(more)

Canyon Creek Replat Hearing December 15th
Thursday, December 15, 2011
This 2,700-acre development is the first re-plat application under the newly-adopted county ordinance which facilitates the redesign of subdivisions and PUDs...(more)

Nov 16th Teton Valley Sustainability Series Kicks
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
New Report Highlights Deer, Pronghorn Declines: Data over 30 years show growing demands on landscape correspond with a drop in herd numbers...(more)

FIRE VOTE: Who Should Pay?
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
How will the November 8th ballot question impact how property is taxed in Teton County? ...(more)

Idaho Supreme Court Grants Appeal
Saturday, October 01, 2011
The Idaho Supreme Court has granted the motion for permissive appeal submitted by 4 Tetonia referendum voters. ...(more)

"Our Land Our Soul" Book Release
Friday, September 30, 2011
Photography and poetry book celebrates conservation efforts in Teton Valley, ID...(more)

VARD's 2011 Teton County quick facts now available
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Get the latest and greatest development and foreclosure stats for Teton County....(more)

Teton County forecloses on tax delinquencies
Friday, June 17, 2011
For the first time in 22 years, the Board of County Commissioners foreclosed on a delinquent tax property....(more)

Does history repeat itself?
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Fremont County is set to adopt similar development codes as to the ordinances that prompted Teton County's unprecedented boom-bust. ...(more)

Tetonia Voters Appeal to Idaho Supreme Court
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Tetonia voters appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court while Tetonia abutters are permitted to intervene. ...(more)

VARD Executive Director Sandy Mason to step down
Monday, May 23, 2011
VARD announces that Sandy Mason has decided to step down as their Executive Director....(more)

Envision Victor Wraps Up! Read the Final Report
Monday, April 04, 2011
After more than two years of innovative public outreach and community – based planning exercises, the Envision Victor project has met its goals...(more)

Reshaping Development Patterns article in New West
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Read article about VARD and Teton Valley on New West Development......(more)

Rocky Mtn. Land Use Conference (3-4-11)
Friday, March 04, 2011
On March 4, 2011, VARD presented our Reshaping Development Patterns project at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law's Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference....(more)

Teton Links RV Park
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Robert & Sharman Wilson, of the current Teton Links Golf Course, are proposing an amendment to their CUP to include a 108 site RV Park on approximately 420 acres...(more)

Sandy Mason is Valley Citizen of the Month!
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
VARD's very own, Sandy Mason is February 2011's Valley Citizen of the Month!...(more)

Tour the Reshaping Development Patterns Library
Saturday, January 22, 2011
We have commissioned and collected several studies and maps...(more)

Tetonia Voters Intervene in Referendum Challenge
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
On August 17th, 2010 the Richard A. Egbert Limited Partnership filed a Complaint for Declaratory Judgment against the City of Tetonia...(more)

8th Annual Mad Hatter at Alpine Wines (10-15-10)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Join VARD and your fellow friends for a fall evening of revelry! We'll have our usual hat competition and live auction; plus, new this year, live music!...(more)

VARD receives grant, schedules Jan 12th training
Monday, September 13, 2010
We are happy to announce that VARD has received a grant from the Teton Springs Foundation to purchase 100 keypad polls for use at public meetings!...(more)

County foreclosures top $251,000,000 (12-10-10)
Friday, September 10, 2010
Teton Valley reaches a grim milestone....(more)

Reshaping Development Patterns DVD Now Available!
Friday, August 06, 2010
We recently received our Reshaping Development Patterns (RDP) DVDs from our workshop held April 29-30, 2010 at Teton Springs Resort....(more)

County Adopts Fiscal Impact Planning System
Monday, June 28, 2010

Reshaping Development Patterns on WY Public Radio!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
VARD is teaming up with the Sonoran Institute and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to explore the potential of redesigning obsolete and distressed subdivisions....(more)

Olympic Facilities Not Happening (Updated 3-29-10)
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Three large projects may soon be breaking ground in our valley....(more)

Mahogany Ridge: Expired
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Mahogany Ridge was a proposed 1,381 unit Planned Unit Development (PUD) on 3,507 acres stretching approximately 4.4 miles long and 2.0 miles wide....(more)

Will Tetonia become a "Taxonia?"
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Report from Tetonia's annexation hearing....(more)

Sustained Activism: A Key Planning Tool
Monday, September 14, 2009
Why VARD?  Why Now? ...(more)

Check out our Photo Gallery!
Monday, July 20, 2009

2008 Annual Report
Monday, June 29, 2009
View a pdf of VARD's 2008 Annual Report...(more)

VARD's Spring Newsletter
Friday, March 20, 2009

What is the PLUM?
Monday, March 02, 2009

Numbers of lots in Teton Valley
Sunday, March 01, 2009

2009 is "Children in Nature Year" in Idaho
Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Idaho septic tanks a water-quality hazard?
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
An editorial in the Post Register details problems with septic tank regulations and how they don't do enough to protect water quality....(more)

Wild places and the well-being of children
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Access great resources from the national movement to connect children and nature.  Read about the emotional, social and health benefits for children spending unstructured time in nature.  ...(more)

2008 Teton County Development Numbers
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Developments in the planning stages will have a dramatic impact on the future face of the valley.  ...(more)

VARD's role in $100,000 Envision Victor grant
Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Link to special section on the revised PUD
Friday, October 24, 2008
Look here for all of the information on the revised PUD ordinance...(more)

Link to VARD's 2007 Annual Report
Sunday, July 06, 2008
VARD's recently published 2007 Annual Report...(more)

Link to VARD's July 2008 Newsletter
Saturday, July 05, 2008
VARD's July 2008 Newsletter highlights the recently published Developer's Handbook for Smart Growth...(more)

The sky is falling, or is it?
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Click here to read VARD's April 17th guest editorial in the Teton Valley News...(more)

Idaho Fish & Game comments on Canyon Creek Ranch
Friday, April 11, 2008
As the county prepares to consider several large development applications VARD has been advocating for a thorough process that ensures that quality of life in Teton Valley is protected. ...(more)

Set the Bar High: Teton Valley is worth it
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Canyon Creek, Mahogany Ridge and J Lazy H Ranch will total over 2,590 units on 12,547 acres in some of the most remote corners of this valley. 2,590 units translate in 7,511 people....(more)

February 2008 Newsletter
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Our latest newsletter gives you a chance to look at some of the biggest developments to be proposed to date in Teton Valley.  ...(more)

VARD announces staffing changes
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Sandy Mason has been hired as VARD’s new Executive Director.  VARD recently hired two new talented and highly qualified additions to our staff : Anna Trentadue and Lucy Flood.

VARD awards recognize local citizens
Friday, November 09, 2007
At the Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (VARD) annual Mad Hatter Party on Friday, November 9th VARD gave out three awards.  


Recall Election Results
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Commissioner Alice Stevenson and Commissioner Larry Young will remain in office...(more)

Thursday, October 25, 2007
During Governor Otter’s visit he stated to the county clerk that should the recall be successful he would have full discretion in appointing whoever he wanted to the recalled seat(s). ...(more)

Fall Newsletter
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Check out our most enthusiastically-received newsletter yet!...(more)

VARD in compliance with IRS law
Thursday, October 11, 2007
VARD's tax lawyer submitted the following letter repudiating allegations made by Nolan Boyle in the Teton Valley News and stating VARD's compliance with IRS and election law....(more)

Rinaldi steps down as VARD Executive Director
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Kathy Rinaldi, Executive Director for VARD, recently announced her decision to reduce her workload at VARD in order to prepare and devote more time to her expanding family....(more)

What's wrong with the PUD?
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
This may sound like technical jargon but the Planned Unit Development (PUD) is forever changing the face of Teton Valley so we think you should know more about it. ...(more)

VARD 2006 Annual Report
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Click here to view a pdf of the Annual Report...(more)

"All in this together" Opinion in July 6th TVN
Friday, July 06, 2007
VARD board member Dave Hensel responds to last week's opinion piece by Dr. Head of the TVA in an opinion piece entitled "All in this together"...(more)

EPA Smart Growth faces budget cut
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
The Federally-funded EPA Smart Growth program is facing a 1/3 budget cut in the U.S. Senate.  Please voice your support for the program and oppose this cut!...(more)

BOCC decides against pursuing interim moratorium
Monday, May 14, 2007
Commissioner Stevenson said that she thought it was important for the county to have a comprehensive plan for how to move forward on land use issues  ...(more)

But is it legal? Kathy Spitzer, Esq
Thursday, May 03, 2007

...she addresses the definition of "health, safety and welfare" according to Idaho law and argues that by this standard Teton County certainly has an emergency situation


Judge grants preliminary injuntion on moratorium
Monday, April 30, 2007
Today Judge Jon Shindurling issued his opinion in favor of the request for a preliminary injunction on Teton County’s moratorium on development. ...(more)

Moratorium injunction decision in 7-10 days
Friday, April 20, 2007
This morning in the Teton County courtroom Judge Jon J. Shindurling heard arguments...(more)

County legal and planning fund established
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
The county fund is entitled "Planning Capacity/Legal Fund" and will be used specifically for hiring planning consultants to help with the urgent planning tasks...(more)

VARD memos to Teton County, ID
Monday, April 02, 2007
As we try to keep you up to date on the moratorium and the legal challenge being brought against...(more)

Emergency Moratorium Resolution Adopted
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
At around 1am this morning after a public hearing lasting over six hours, the Teton County Board of County Commissioners passed an emergency moratorium resolution 

Emergency Public Hearing on Moratorium
Monday, March 26, 2007
This morning the Board of County Commissioners decided to hold a public hearing tonight at 6:30pm at the high school regarding the emergency moratorium resolution proposed...(more)

MARCH 26 - Commissioners to consider moratorium on
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Commissioner Alice Stevenson will be proposing an emergency 6 month moratorium on development


County adopts Groundwater Protection Ordinance
Monday, December 11, 2006
On Monday, December 11, 2006, Teton County Commissioners adopted a new ordinance protecting groundwater from the impacts of development in Teton Valley....(more)

VARD honored by Idaho Smart Growth
Friday, December 01, 2006
Valley Advocates for Responsible Development receives “Grow Smart Award” from Idaho Smart Growth...(more)

Ruling on VARD case against Teton County, ID
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Judge Rules on Teton County Commissioners’ Decision Approving Controversial Subdivision...(more)

State of the Rockies Report Card
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Colorado College's "State of the Rockies Report Card" examines many trends relevant to Teton County, Idaho...(more)

Proposed emergency ordinances
Thursday, May 11, 2006

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