Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute


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.

2021 Annual Western Places | Western Spaces

Because of the pandemic and limits on available space at the University of Denver, our conference will be virtual this year and will take place over the month of March. The first Thursday, March 4, will be our opening day with a keynote presentation in the morning. The Housing Affordability & Zoning workshop is scheduled for the final Thursday, March 25. Our regular panel discussions will take place during morning and afternoon sessions every Friday during the month of March. You can see program highlights on the Program page and a full schedule on our event website.

In the meantime, please mark your calendars for March 4 & 5, 2021, as well as March 12, 19, 25, and 26 for the Western Places | Western Spaces conference.

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Bouncing Forward: Building Thriving, Healthy & Equitable Communities

Since our last Western Places | Western Spaces conference in March, 2020, we have seen a world of change. The COVID-19 pandemic turned our economy upside down, changed our consumption patterns, and re-ordered our notions about how and where to work and live. The impacts of climate change are increasingly evident in the ferocity of our wildfire seasons and extreme weather events. And the inequities in our societyhighlighted in the disproportionate impacts of COVID across communitieshave become impossible to ignore.

In the face of all these challenges, we don’t want to “bounce back” to business-as-usual. Instead, our focus for RMLUI’s 30th Western Places | Western Spaces conference will be on how to bounce forward and build communities that are thriving, healthy, equitable places for both people and nature. We will consider the behavioral changes caused by the pandemic and their potential impacts to land use and development patterns. We will investigate design options, planning tools, and creative approaches to ensure that our built environment contributes to health, wellness, and economic vitality, while also reducing our impact on climate change. We will explore how our natural systems and outdoor spaces can promote public health across diverse neighborhoods and communities to ensure equitable health and environmental benefits for all. We will also consider rural resilience and how to adapt sustainable innovations and development approaches to small towns and rural communities that may be facing new growth pressures.

For more information about Western Places | Western Spaces: Bouncing Forward, please visit our event website.

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.

Conference Materials

You can view and download materials from the 2020 conference sessions at the 2020 Session Materials link. For materials from past events, visit the Past Conferences page.

You can also watch videos from the conference through our accredited Home Study program.

RMLUI’s Home Study

RMLUI’s Home Study courses 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.

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