APA's Planning Advisory Service is a community of planners — the kind of neighbors who don't mind sharing the contents of our toolbox.
APA's Planning Advisory Service (PAS) will keep you ahead of the curve. The next time a new project lands on your desk, don't scramble — just turn to PAS for the answers you need. Whether you're rewriting your sign ordinance or evaluating your community's solar energy potential, your organization's subscription to PAS means you'll always know what the experts are saying and what's working for communities like yours.
Subscribe to PAS
PAS is not just for APA members! Any public agency, private firm, nonprofit organization, or library can subscribe to PAS. When your organization subscribes to PAS, you and all of your co-workers get the confidence that comes from knowing you'll always have the right information at your fingertips:
- Quarterly PAS Reports that offer industry-standard guidance on everything from planning for climate change to fiscal impact analysis
- Unlimited access to a team of on-call researchers at the Inquiry Answer Service
- The bimonthly PAS Memo, a concise look at solutions that are working for other planners right now
- A growing series of briefing papers, PAS QuickNotes, that can help you explain planning concepts to officials, the public, and new staff
- Dozens of PAS Essential Info Packets, collections of sample ordinances, how-to guides, and recommended reading on topics like complete streets and RLUIPA
PAS for the Whole Office
When your organization subscribes to the Planning Advisory Service, everyone in the office gets access to PAS resources.
You can search the APA Library's catalog of more than 4,200 planning publications online. Or use the library's new Planners Bibliography for annotated listings.
APA's Energy and Climate Database offers a unique look at how communities are integrating energy and climate change issues into planning.
Thanks to a partnership with DOE, ICMA, and ICLEI, APA is extending assistance to all planners, public officials, and solar advocates looking for information about how to promote solar energy use.
PAS Subscribers: Get Started Here
Log in to My APA at right to take advantage of your organization's subscription to PAS. You'll have full access to current and back issues of PAS QuickNotes and PAS Memo, the full series of PAS Essential Info Packets, and digital PAS Reports. You can also borrow bound copies of PAS Reports and submit your questions to the Inquiry Answer Service.
This Month at PAS
You Asked. We Answered.
How do communities regulate tobacco specialty retail shops?
Planning and Drought
The latest PAS Report connects the dots between drought and land-use planning, water management, public health, and the local economy.
Planning for Urban Forest Resilience:
Managing Invasive Pests and Diseases
Read the latest PAS Memo to learn about about best practices and tools that planners can use to increase urban forest resiliency to invasive pests and diseases.
Business Improvement Districts
Read the latest PAS QuickNotes for a primer on the structure of Business Improvement Districts, services they provide, and how to evaluate their performance.
Promoting Ground-Floor Retail in Mixed Use Districts
Read the latest PAS Essential Info Packet to learn how communities can zone by floor in commercial mixed use districts.
Historic PAS Reports
See what planners in the 1950s were learning about performance bonds for subdivision improvements in PAS Report No. 48.
And check out the whole series of early reports available online.