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

2020 Request for Proposals   Deadline Extended!

The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law is soliciting session proposals for its annual Western Places/Western Spaces conference. The event will be held at the University of Denver campus on Thursday and Friday, March 5 & 6, 2020 with an additional workshop on Wednesday, March 4.

The theme for 2020 is Hot, Dry, and Crowded: Planning for the Future. We will be looking 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

Submit your proposal by Friday, August 9. Visit the Conference page to learn more about the 2020 conference, session criteria, and how to submit a session for consideration.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for supporting last year's event. For opportunities to sponsor the 2020 event, please contact Susan Daggett.


RMLUI Home Study Courses

The 2019 Home Study Courses are now available! Take advantage of Early Bird rates to purchase the Complete Package at a discounted rate.

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.


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.

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