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.

2017 Annual Land Use Conference Request for Proposals

The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law is soliciting session proposals for its annual Western Places/Western Spaces conference. The event will be held at the University of Denver campus on Thursday and Friday, March 16 & 17, 2017 with an additional workshop on Wednesday, March 15.

Visit the Conference page to learn more about the 2017 conference, session criteria, and how to submit a session for consideration.

6th Annual Carver Colloquium

Water for Sale: Prior Appropriation or Free Market Trade?
Thursday, September 29, 2016
University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Room 165
6:30pm – 8:00pm
A reception will follow the event.

Join the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and Jan Laitos, the John A. Carver, Jr. Chair at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law for the 6th annual Carver Colloquium, presented in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

This year we will feature a debate about whether water should continue to be allocated using prior appropriation or if a free market system would be better. Colorado’s water law is based on the beneficial use of “first in time, first in right” water allocations. But because of increasing demand and limited availability, water is also a hot commodity economically. This event will examine the legal basis and legitimacy of both systems for Colorado’s water future.

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

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RMLUI’s 2016 Home Study Sessions are now available for purchase!

Recorded during the 2016 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.

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.