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


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.

Event Dates

June 30: Race, Equity & Land Use
July 14: Civic Engagement & Public Participation
July 28: Zoning & Racial Bias
August 11: Housing, Part 1
August 25: Housing, Part 2
September 8: Transportation Equity
Rescheduled October 6: Public Space ― Register Now
October 20: Public Health

Visit the Ideas RoundUP page to learn more and watch videos from the series.


2020 Western Places/Western Spaces Conference
Hot, Dry & Crowded: Planning for the Future

For RMLUI’s 29th Western Places/Western Spaces conference, we looked at the ways in which we can use design, planning tools, and creative approaches to better plan for a future that will be different from the known past. In addition, we considered how our built environments--using mixed use design, transportation infrastructure, and even building codes--can help reduce our impact on climate change and create a more comfortable and sustainable living environment.

To learn more about this year's event, please visit the Conference page. For videos from the event, please see the Home Study page.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for supporting this year's event; to all of our volunteers for making it all work; to our speakers for sharing their expertise; and to our attendees, who always make this a special event.


9th Annual Carver Colloquium

The Rights of Nature

Should rivers, mountains, and streams be given the same legal rights as a person? Historically, nature has been viewed as public or private property, and decisions about its use is decided accordingly. Rights of Nature advocates argue that nature should have a right to exist and thrive of its own.

This year's debate explored the ramifications of the Rights of Nature with guest speakers Laura Chartrand and Grant Wilson.

Visit the Carver Colloquium page to learn more about this and past events.

Brought to you through a partnership with the Sturm College of Law, the John A. Carver Jr. Chair, the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, and the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy.


RMLUI Home Study Courses

The 2020 Home Study Courses are now available!

Recorded during the Western Places | Western Spaces conference, the Home Study courses are presented by leading experts who address the latest issues and challenges facing Western communities. Topics include community resilience, housing, land use and water planning, mobility, and recent changes in land use law and policy.

The Home Study Courses 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 or register now.

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