The Rocky Mountain West is characterized as much by its vibrant and diverse communities as by its sweeping plains and rugged mountains. The annual Western Places/Western Spaces conference explores the social and development issues facing communities—from large cities to small towns—as well as concerns about managing and preserving out natural heritage.

2017 Western Places/Western Spaces Conference:
Creating Inclusive Communities

Across the Rocky Mountain region, creating spaces that work for diverse populations—rich and poor, young and old, newcomers and natives—is a central challenge of our times. While the West is home to many thriving communities with robust economies and enviable amenities, there are also numerous communities that are struggling to keep pace economically and to manage the challenges of rapid growth. As our region continues to grow and change, increasing in density and diversity, questions about how to maintain affordability and livability, while promoting equity and inclusiveness, are top of mind in many of our fast-growing Western cities and towns.

RMLUI was pleased to have Colorado Senator Michael Bennet as the keynote for this year’s conference. His address, Building Inclusive Communities: An Antidote to the National Politics of Division and Dysfunction, focused on his perspectives on why the political system is so divided and how we can work together to create a more civil and functional society.

In addition to our keynote, we had a full agenda that touched on topics ranging from housing, density and growth, transportation, and water. Annual favorites “Recent Land Use Decisions in the Rocky Mountain West” and “What’s New with Planning on the Front Range” were offered, as well as hot topic issues like smart cities, driverless cars, transitioning to a new administration, oil and gas development, and climate change.

For more information about Western Places/Western Spaces: Creating Inclusive Communities, our sponsors, the program, costs or information to plan your trip, please use the links on the left.

Please contact us:
Phone: 303-871-6319

2017 Land Use Conference Materials
You can view and download materials from the 2017 conference sessions at the 2017 Session Materials link. The page includes conference highlights, the program, session handouts, and slide presentations. The Past Conferences page provides links to materials from past events.

You can also watch videos from the conference through our accredited Home Study program.

Our conference is not possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Their financial contributions help fund our programs and conference activities. Our Aspen Sponsors also provide in-kind support by helping to promote the conference.

Please contact Susan Daggett for sponsorship opportunities.

RMLUI’s Home Study
RMLUI’s Home Study sessions provide an ideal option to maintain your professional credentials. Each block of videos presents a selection of panels from RMLUI’s Annual Land Use Conference and is accredited for CLE and AICP continuing education credits.

For more information about the sessions and registration information, please visit the Home Study web page.

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is committed to providing facilities that are accessible to persons with and without disabilities. We encourage anyone who requires assistance to contact Lisa Loranger at or 303-871-6319 for further information.