The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute was established to conduct education and research programs on legal and public policy issues related to land use and development. For 25 years, RMLUI has been leading a discussion in the West about the challenges presented by growth and innovative ideas for addressing them.

7th Annual Carver Colloquium

To Shrink or Not to Shrink?
Presidential Authority Over National Monuments
Monday, November 20, 2017
University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Room 165
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Registration opens at 6:00pm.
A reception will follow the event.

The American Antiquities Act of 1906 enables presidents to protect historic landmarks, structures, and objects of historic and scientific interest through the creation of national monuments. This year’s Carver Colloquium will debate the authority of standing presidents to diminish or abolish national monuments created by past presidents. Our featured speakers are James Rasband, Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law at Brigham Young University, and Mark Squillace, Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School.

Visit the Carver Colloquium page to watch videos from this and past events.


2018 Annual Land Use Conference Request for Proposals

The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law is soliciting session proposals for its annual Western Places/Western Spaces conference. The event will be held at the University of Denver campus on Thursday and Friday, March 8 & 9, 2018 with an additional workshop on Wednesday, March 7.

Disruption, Innovation, and Progress
How do we plan for the future when we don’t know what it holds? New practices, technologies, and business models can come along and disrupt even the best planning. In a world full of disruptions, how do we build infrastructure and craft policies that not only meet our present-day needs, but also have the flexibility to adapt to future scenarios? These questions will help frame our discussion at the 2018 Western Places/Western Spaces conference.

Visit the Conference page to learn more about the 2018 conference, session criteria, and how to submit a session for consideration.


RMLUI’s 2017 Home Study Sessions are now available for purchase! Earn CLE and AICP credits.

Recorded during the 2017 Western Places/Western Spaces conference, the Home Study Sessions are presented by leading experts who address the latest issues and challenges facing Western communities. Topics include land conservation, housing, natural resources, public engagement, and recent changes in land use law and policy.

The Home Study Sessions also provide continuing educations credits for both lawyers and planners, making them an ideal way to maintain professional certification.

For more information and to download program descriptions, please visit the Home Study page.

Register now to take advantage of this incredible opportunity.

RMLUI Academic

RMLUI’s academic mission focuses on increasing educational opportunities for students and the practice community through the course offerings and symposia. We have also developed relationships with other academic programs and professional firms to promote research opportunities. Check out recent Home Study Sessions, the Carver Colloquium, and our Institute Partners Program.

RMLUI Practice

The focus of RMLUI’s practice program is the Sustainable Development Community Code Framework, a tool for municipalities interested in implementing sustainable initiatives, and the annual conference, one of the premier gatherings of sustainable development professionals. Check out our Annual Land Use Conference and Sustainable Community Development Code Framework.