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.


Western Places/Western Spaces Conference

Designing for the Future: Building Enduring Value

For the 28th annual Western Places/Western Spaces land use conference, we looked at the ways in which the quality of design informs and shapes our communities. We considered what “good design” means in the context of urban planning, community development, and landscape conservation. We also examined 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?

To see conference highlights, view the conference program, or download handouts and presentations, visit our Conference page.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for supporting this event.


8th Annual Carver Colloquium
The Role of NEPA: Does It Protect the Environment or Obstruct Progress?

The National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) requires that all major federal actions include environmental issues as part of the decision-making process. President Trump is proposing that NEPA be significantly streamlined in order to speed up infrastructure improvements, energy projects, timber harvesting, and public rangeland use.

The 2018 Carver Colloquium featured a debate over whether or not the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) should be repealed or significantly limited. Our featured speakers were Justin Pidot, Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and Sandi Zellmer, Professor of Law at the University of Montana's Alexander Blewett School of Law.

Visit the Carver Colloquium page to learn more about this event and watch videos from 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 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