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.


2023 Western Places | Western Spaces Conference

Framing the Future: Investing in Solutions for a Thriving West

The West is facing a series of compounding crises, from extreme temperatures wildfire, our agricultural economy and food security, and our energy infrastructure to rapid population growth, affordable housing, and transportation. Although the challenges are growing, so are the creative solutions that communities can use to address these crises; mitigate their risks; adapt to a changing environment; advance diversity, equity, and inclusion; and build in resiliency to forge ahead when times get tough.

Visit the Conference page to learn more about the 2023 conference, Framing the Future: Investing in Solutions for a Thriving West.

REGISTER for Western Places | Western Spaces 2023

2022 Western Places | Western Spaces Conference
Growth & Change in the West: Adapting Sustainably

You can find materials and videos from the 2022 conference posted in the Conference pages.

We would especially like to thank all of our 2022 sponsors for their support. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Susan Daggett.


Workshops & Publications

RMLUI’s practice engages academics, practitioners, and students in the pursuit of innovative best practices through research, training, and knowledge sharing. You can watch videos from previous workshops, including our most recent additions: Affordable Housing Solutions and The Colorardo River Crisis. You can also download research reports on a variety of topics.

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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