Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute


The Rocky Mountain West is characterized as much by its vibrant and diverse communities as by its sweeping plains and rugged mountains. The annual Western Places | Western Spaces conference explores the social and development issues facing communities—from large cities to small towns—as well as concerns about managing and preserving our natural heritage.

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

March 5 & 6, 2020

The West of the future will be warmer and more populous, and as a result, will face significant challenges with respect to our water supplies, our ability to withstand unpredictable weather patterns and extreme storm events, and our capacity to preserve our economy and our quality of life while adapting to the coming changes. The climate is changing, but we can do something about it.  

Land use planning, water planning, and disaster mitigation are just a few of the tools available to help prepare for an uncertain future. We can work now to prepare our communities and landscapes for the impacts we are sure to experience. We can use design to create places that are more sustainable and adaptable. We can use integrated water and land use planning to help stretch dwindling water supplies. We can use our natural systems to create more resilient communities that are cooler and more connected. And we can work to ensure that the communities of our future are more equitable, affordable, and inclusive.

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. The Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy partnered with us to develop a track focused on integrating land use and water planning. Other topics included transportation, improving the resilience of our cities and towns, housing and equity issues, energy policy, and updates in law and planning.

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Please contact us:
Phone: 303-871-6319

Sponsorship & Promotional Opportunities

Our conference is not possible without the generous support of our sponsors. These financial contributions help fund our programs and conference activities, including top-notch keynote speakers, plenary lunch events, and tours. Conference sponsorship provides visibility and underscores your company’s commitment to sustainable communities and informed and ethical land use and development practices.

Equally important are our Aspen sponsors, who provide in-kind marketing and promotional support.

For more information, please see our Sponsorship Platforms brochure or contact Susan Daggett.

Conference Materials

You can view and download materials from the 2019 conference sessions at the 2020 Session Materials link. For materials from past events, visit the Past Conferences page.

You can also watch videos from the conference through our accredited Home Study program, coming later this spring.

RMLUI’s Home Study

RMLUI’s Home Study courses provide an ideal option to maintain your professional credentials. Each block of videos presents a selection of panels from RMLUI’s Annual Land Use Conference and is accredited for CLE and AICP continuing education credits.

Registration is open now for the 2019 Home Study Courses. For more information about the sessions and registration information, please visit the Home Study web page.

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is committed to providing facilities that are accessible to persons with and without disabilities. We encourage anyone who requires assistance to contact Lisa Loranger at or 303-871-6319 for further information.

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