Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute

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 more than 25 years, RMLUI has been leading a discussion in the West about the challenges presented by growth and innovative ideas for addressing them.


2021 Western Places | Western Spaces Conference
Bouncing Forward: Building Thriving, Healthy & Equitable Communities

Please join the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute for the 30th annual Western Places | Western Spaces conference. The conference will be a virtual event this year, held throughout the month of March, 2021.

In the face of the many challenges we've encountered in 2020, we don’t want to “bounce back” to business-as-usual. Instead, our focus for the Bouncing Forward: Building Thriving, Healthy & Equitable Communities conference will be on how we can come back better and stronger with land use policies create neighborhoods that are connected and thriving, housing that is affordable and accessible, streets that accommodate multiple uses, and a natural environment that promotes public health.

To learn more about this year's event and to register, please visit our event web site page. For videos from last year, please see the Home Study page.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for supporting last year's event. For information on how to sponsor our 2021 Western Places | Western Spaces conference, please contact Susan Daggett.

Register Today!

Tackling the Housing Affordability Crisis in Colorado:
Zoning Reform as Part of the Solution

Housing affordability has reached a crisis point in Colorado―not just in the Denver Metro, but in many areas of our state.

The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute has been collaborating with the Colorado Housing Affordability Project to understand how zoning affects housing affordability and to propose zoning reforms that could help make housing more available and affordable. Visit the Workshop page to learn more and watch the webinar video.


Ideas RoundUP
Conversations on Urban Planning, Pandemic, and Race

The RMLUI Ideas RoundUP is a conversation series to explore our shared land use agenda, taking into account what we are learning about our policies as they relate both to containing a pandemic and promoting a socially just and sustainable community.

Visit the Ideas RoundUP page to learn more and watch videos from the series. Read a summary of all the sessions and the lessons from each one.


9th Annual Carver Colloquium

The Rights of Nature

Should rivers, mountains, and streams be given the same legal rights as a person? Historically, nature has been viewed as public or private property, and decisions about its use is decided accordingly. Rights of Nature advocates argue that nature should have a right to exist and thrive of its own.

This year's debate explored the ramifications of the Rights of Nature with guest speakers Laura Chartrand and Grant Wilson.

Visit the Carver Colloquium page to learn more about this and past events.

Brought to you through a partnership with the Sturm College of Law, the John A. Carver Jr. Chair, the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, and the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy.


RMLUI Home Study Courses

The 2020 Home Study Courses are now available!

Recorded during the Western Places | Western Spaces conference, the Home Study courses are presented by leading experts who address the latest issues and challenges facing Western communities. Topics include community resilience, housing, land use and water planning, mobility, and recent changes in land use law and policy.

The Home Study Courses also provide continuing educations credits for both lawyers and planners, making them an ideal way to maintain professional certification.

For more information please visit the Home Study page or register now.

Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208