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.

Western Places/Western Spaces Conference

The 2017 Western Places/Western Spaces conference examined on the challenges of creating spaces that work for diverse populations—rich and poor, young and old, newcomers and natives. The theme for the 2017 Western Places/Western Spaces conference, Creating Inclusive Communities, focused on the challenges and strategies available to cities—large and small—to plan for and build communities in which everyone can find their place.

To learn more about the event, view the program, or download the presentations, please visit the Conference page.

To watch videos from the presentations, please visit the Home Study page.


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.

6th Annual Carver Colloquium

Water for Sale: Prior Appropriation or Free Market Trade?

This year’s event featured a conversation about whether Colorado’s prior appropriation doctrine can, or should, accommodate a free market system for water in order to make allocations more equitable and more sensitive to environmental concerns.

This event will examine the legal and policy arguments affecting Colorado’s water future.

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

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.