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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.

2017 Western Places/Western Spaces Conference
Creating Inclusive Communities

The theme for the 2017 Western Places/Western Spaces conference, Creating Inclusive Communities, focuses on the challenges and strategies available to cities—large and small—to plan for and build communities in which everyone can thrive.

In keeping with the conference theme, our 2017 keynote address by Senator Michael Bennet, Building Inclusive Communities: An Antidote to the National Politics of Division and Dysfunction, will focus on his perspectives on why the political system is so divided and how we can work together to create a more civil and functional society. Michael Bennet was re-elected to the United States Senate in November 2016 in one of the most divisive election cycles in recent history. He is widely recognized as a pragmatic, innovative and independent thinker driven by a deep-seated obligation to create more opportunity for the next generation.

Other highlights of the conference are listed below. For a schedule and descriptions of the sessions, please download the program. We will post updates as they become available.

Elements of Development Workshop
Wednesday, March 15
This workshop will address the elements of financing a development project utilizing case studies. Topics will include the steps of a development project, public and private financing, and also public/private partnerships.

Featured Track: Creating Inclusive Communities
The sessions in this year’s featured track examine how different communities across the West are working to address issues of equity, resilience, and recovery.

Plenary Lunch Events
Thursday’s plenary lunch will feature “The Big Picture: Macro-Tends in the Economy, Planning, and Zoning.” Friday will feature Larry Head speaking about “The Brave New World of Connected-Autonomous Vehicles.”

Mobile Tours
Thursday’s tour features transit-oriented development with a tour of the I-25 & Broadway and a discussion of the community engagement to connect the surrounding neighborhoods.

Friday’s tour will travel to Aria Denver to learn about their cohousing community and their partnerships with community organizations.

Continuing Education

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