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


2022 Western Places | Western Spaces Conference

March 24 & 25
Workshops will be held on Friday, March 18, and Fridays in April.

Growth & Change in the West: Adapting Sustainably

As we emerge from the pandemic, the West is facing immense pressures from growth and change that challenge our notions of sustainability in our region. From the housing crisis to fires and deadly heat, we wonder how the region will adapt to these mounting pressures and what measures we need to be taking now to ensure greater resilience to whatever the future holds.

These are some of the many questions that we will consider at the 2022 Western Places | Western Spaces conference. Due to the surge in Covid cases, the conference will be held virtually on March 24-25, 2022. In addition, there will be a workshop on housing on Friday, March 18, as well as a series on water to be held on Fridays in April.

Visit the Conference page to learn more about the 2022 conference.

Registration is now open! Visit the Western Places | Western Spaces event site to learn more about the event and to register. Register by Monday, February 14 to take 50% off your registration fees.

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

You can find materials and videos from the conference posted in the Conference pages.

We would especially like to thank all of our sponsors for supporting this year's event. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Susan Daggett.


Workshops & Publications

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.


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University of Denver
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