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 our natural heritage.

2018 Annual Land Use Conference Request for Proposals

The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law is seeking session proposals for inclusion in the 2018 Western Places/Western Spaces annual land use conference.

Click here to download the RFP Guidelines.
Click here to download a sample submission form.

Submit Your Proposal Online

Disruption, Innovation, and Progress

How do we plan for the future when we don’t know what it holds? Despite the best-laid plans, new practices or technology can disrupt the entire process.

The sharing economy and smart city technology are already make waves in housing, transportation, and parking. . Landscape managers can now track livestock and grazing, map remote areas, and monitor plant and animal species using drones and GIS mapping. The rise of e-commerce is disrupting both big-box stores and Main Street shops.

In addition to all the change being brought about by technology and innovation, communities also have to contend with the disruptions brought on by natural processes and the impacts caused by climate change, including prolonged droughts, heat waves, and extreme weather events?

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 discussions at the 2018 Western Places/Western Spaces conference, focusing on several overarching topics.

For more information about Western Places/Western Spaces: Disruption, Innovation, and Progress, the session topics, session criteria, and submitting a proposal, please download the RFP Guidelines. For a sample submission form, click here.

New for 2018!
RMLUI is also extending an opportunity for individuals to submit their names as a subject matter expert. This option will allow those who may not be able to develop a full session but would like to lend their expertise to an existing panel.

To apply, follow the link below and select the “Speaker” option on the first page of the form. If you have any questions, please contact RMLUI at

Submit Your Proposal Online

Important Dates

  • August 25, 2017: proposals due
  • September 29, 2017: applicants will be informed of the status of their proposals
  • November 3, 2017: selected sessions must be finalized (content, speakers)
  • March 8 & 9, 2018: RMLUI’s Annual Western Places/Western Spaces Conference

Please contact us:
Phone: 303-871-6319

Sponsorship & Promotional Opportunities

Our conference is not possible without the generous support of our sponsors. These financial contributions help fund our programs and conference activities, including top-notch keynote speakers, plenary lunch events, and tours. Conference sponsorship provides visibility and underscores your company’s commitment to sustainable communities and informed and ethical land use and development practices.

Equally important are our Aspen sponsors, who provide in-kind marketing and promotional support.

For more information, please see our Sponsorship Platforms brochure or contact Susan Daggett.

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.