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


Fracking and Takings

A Forum on Colorado's Ballot Initiatives

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
Sturm College of Law, Room 190
Click HERE to view a video of the event.

The November ballot in Colorado includes measures that would impose 2500-foot setbacks for oil and gas development and that would expand the definition of a compensable taking in Colorado's Constitution.

Sturm College of Law Professors Jan Laitos and Kevin Lynch describe what these measures seek to accomplish and how they might impact development in our state.

Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, DU's Environmental & Natural Resource Law Program, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Society.


Western Places/Western Spaces Conference

Designing for the Future: Building Enduring Value

For the 28th annual Western Places/Western Spaces land use conference, we will be looking at the ways in which the quality of design informs and shapes our communities. We will consider what “good design” means in the context of urban planning, community development, and landscape conservation. We will also examine how we look at growth, from small towns seeking to encourage growth and economic opportunities, to suburban areas trying to reconfigure growth in light of the changing market demands, to cities trying to balance affordability and density with quality infrastructure. How do we create enduring value in the places we build?


Visit the Conference page to learn more about the 2019 conference.


Carver Colloquium

Plans are will under way for the 8th annual Carver Colloquium, hosted by the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and Jan Laitos, the John A. Carver, Jr. Chair at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and presented in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. From energy transmission and development to water rights to the Sage Brush Rebellion, the Carver Colloquium has debated many issues over the years. This year, we will be looking at NEPA (the National Environmental Policy Act), which is the policy that requires environmental assessments to be made before making decisions, such as construction, issuing permits, and more. Check back soon for more information.

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


RMLUI Home Study Sessions

Recorded during the 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 please visit the Home Study page.

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