The Rocky Mountain West is characterized as much by its vibrant and diverse communities as by its sweeping plains and rugged mountains. The 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.

The theme for the 2017 Western Places/Western Spaces conference, Creating Inclusive Communities, focuses on the challenges and strategies available to cities—large and small—to plan for and build communities in which everyone can find their place.

At the same time, we will continue to explore options for conserving and protecting our lands and natural resources. Water and energy development—whether from fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal or renewable sources like wind and solar—remain inextricably linked with the West.

Last year, we took the time to review what we’ve learned from 25 years of land use planning and development. This year, we will look at how to put those lessons into practice to address these challenges.

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

Please contact us:
Phone: 303-871-6319

2016 Land Use Conference
Examining the Past, Exploring the Future
You can view and download materials from the 2016 conference sessions at the 2016 Session Materials link. The page includes conference highlights, the program, session handouts, and slide presentations. 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.