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.
Western Places/Western Spaces Conference
2019 Request for Proposals
The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute is soliciting session proposals and speaker nominations for our annual Western Places/Western Spaces land use conference. The event will be held at the University of Denver campus on Thursday and Friday, March 7 & 8, 2019, with an additional workshop on Wednesday, March 6.
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, session criteria, and how to submit a session for consideration.
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.