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.

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

For the 29th annual Western Places/Western Spaces conference, we will examine the tools and resources available to communities to prepare for the future ahead.

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.

Development Finance

This year's workshop will provide insight into how to finance new developments. The course will include sources of financing, public-private partnerships, and how to go about securing these resources.

Plenary Lunch Events

On Thursday, we are very pleased to welcome Dr. Arthur C. Nelson back as the host of our plenary lunch event: You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet: Transforming the Built Environment Through Its Nonresidential Spaces, a discussion of how the transformation of our transportation (think driverless cars and e-scooters) will transform nonresidential spaces.

Our Friday plenary lunch is a special presentation of RMLUI's annual Carver Colloquium. Open to all attendees, the Carver Colloquium will present a debate on The Rights of Nature.

Mobile Tours

On Thursday, attendees have the opportunity to visit a mixed-use, walkable urban neighborhood at Westminster Station.

On Friday, take a walking tour highlighting some of the community design aspects of Denver that have influenced transportation, walkability, microclimates, and natural resources.

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