During the development boom of the late 1990s and early 2000’s, Teton County Idaho grew at a remarkable rate. The county’s development policies led to the creation of roughly 8,000 subdivision lots in a community of 10,000 people. Following the 2008 crash of the Teton Valley housing market, many of these subdivision lots remain unbuilt. As the housing market has begun to recover, vacant lots are starting to be built out, but thousands remain on the market.
Teton Creek is no different. Many planned, but unbuilt, developments remain along the corridor. This project is working with willing landowners to improve existing developments and to make those developments more compatible with community goals.
Valley Advocates for Responsible Development has worked with many landowners to redesign existing subdivisions to protect wildlife habitat, reduce excess lot supply, and enhance scenic quality. In 2011, Valley Advocates joined forces with the Sonoran Institute and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to draft a replatting ordinance for Teton County and other Rocky Mountain communities affected by excess subdivision production. This tool provides incentives for developers seeking to reduce the size and impact of existing subdivisions, and has led to the elimination of over 700 vacant lots on over 8700 acres in Teton County since 2011.