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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.

In celebration of its 25th year, RMLUI paused to look back and examine lessons learned that can guide our actions and policies as we move forward into the next 25 years.

This year’s Western Places/Western Spaces conference addressed the transformative land use legal and policy developments in the Rocky Mountain West that have influenced the shape of our communities today. We also explored the trends and innovations—like demographic shifts, climate change, and economic forces—that are likely to affect the future of the West.

In addition, RMLUI advanced the dialogue on some recurring themes from past conferences—urban growth and density, regional planning and conservation, water, and housing—and consider emerging challenges facing the region.

Keynote Presentation

Peter Calthorpe We were very excited to announce that our keynote speaker for 2016 is Peter Calthorpe. Metropolis Magazine claims: “The titles of Peter Calthorpe’s books trace the recent history of urban design in its most vital and prescient manifestations, starting in 1986 with Sustainable Communities followed by The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl, and most recently Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change.” In the early 90’s he developed the concept of Transit Oriented Development—an idea that is now the foundation of many regional policies and city plans around the world. Peter Calthorpe is one of the founders and the first board president of Congress of New Urbanism.
Click Here to View Video of Welcome and Keynote Address by Peter Calthorpe

Linking Land Use & Water: Tools to Grow Water-Smart

A highlight of this year’s event was an all-day workshop on Wednesday, March 9—Linking Land Use and Water: Tools to Grow Water-Smart.

To learn more about this event, visit our Workshop page.

Plenary Lunches

On Thursday, Water in the West featured Justice Gregory Hobbs who discussed the issues facing water use and conservation in the West.

Friday’s plenary lunch, #whatdowewant? #warmcookies: Civic Engagement Can Be Fun!, featured Warm Cookies of the Revolution, leading an interactive discussion about civic health.

Walking Tours

Five Points Renaissance
This walking tour highlighted both the historic buildings and new development of Denver’s Five Points Neighborhood. Relevant discussion with area leaders considered ways that the history and cultural diversity of Five Points can remain intact while balancing rapid growth and increased density.

Highlands & the Riverfront Neighborhood with Walk Denver
This tour explored what makes a walkable neighborhood and how walkability impacts the economic and social vitality of a community. During the tour, guides discussed the role of walkable infrastructure, diverse uses, density and connectivity in fostering what has become one of the most vibrant urban settings in the Western United States.

Featured Track: Examing the Past, Exploring the Future

The sessions in this year’s featured track consider the lessons we have learned over the past 25 years that should guide our land use decisions in the future.

Continuing Education

CLE, CRE, and AICP credits are available. Please contact Lisa Loranger for more information.