RMLUI: 2022 Request for Proposals

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, August 20th

Put on your thinking caps...

As land use practitioners—legal, planning, academic, or non-profit—you know the challenges we're facing first-hand, so who better to guide the content for the conference?

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2022 Western Places | Western Spaces conference, which will be held March 24 & 25 at the University of Denver with in-person and virtual attendance options. Please read on to learn more about this year's event.

Growth & Change in the West: Adapting Sustainably

As we emerge from the pandemic, the West is facing immense pressures from growth and change and challenging our notions of sustainability in our region. The migration of people from cities to high-amenity, exurban, and rural communities is straining local infrastructure and pushing up housing costs. The numbers of unhoused people is exploding. And all these growing populations, drawn to our iconic landscapes, are loving our parks and open spaces to death.

At the same time, the impacts of climate change are upon us. The West is experiencing an extended drought that threatens our regional water supply and our forests, making the fire season even worse. Higher temperatures and urban heat islands is affecting public health and our quality of life.

As we face the challenges of growth and a changing climate, we are looking at how the region is adapting and what measures we are taking to ensure greater resilience to whatever the future holds. Are there limits to our capacity to absorb growth? How do we manage resources like water and access to parks that is equitable and fair? Can the West adapt to the changing realities in our communities and invest in policy tools that will enhance our long-term resilience?

Submitting Your Proposal

The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, August 13 FRIDAY, AUGUST 20th. Please visit the RMLUI website to learn more about the conference theme and topics, as well as instructions on submitting your proposal. You will be able to download the RFP Submission Guidelines, which contains a full description of the themes and tracks for the 2022 conference, as well as information about the conference, guidelines for crafting your proposal, and the criteria used to select sessions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 303-871-6319.

We look forward to reading your proposals!

Susan Daggett
Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute

Lisa Loranger
Program Coordinator
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute




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