Planning Advisory Service

Planners have turned to PAS for information and innovation since 1949. PAS is a powerhouse subscription that combines publications, curated content, and research services into a resource for smarter, faster planning.

Pop Open the Toolbox

To build a stronger community, you need the right tools. Whether you're a current subscriber or just kicking the tires, see how to put the full power of PAS tools to work for you. When your office subscribes to PAS, you get a well-stocked toolbox you and your colleagues can share, including:

"My colleagues and I rely on PAS for expertise and current, relevant research on any topic from a broad geographic area. The service has saved our staff significant time. PAS is worth so much more than it costs."

— Stacy Humphrey, AICP, City of Gresham, Oregon

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Public agencies. Private firms. Nonprofit organizations. Libraries. You don't have to be an APA member to subscribe, and prices are scaled to the type and size of your organization.

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Log into My APA for access to the archives of PAS QuickNotes, PAS Memo, PAS Essential Info Packets, and digital PAS Reports, and to post questions for the Inquiry Answer Service.


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PAS Reports

Practical Guides for Practicing Planners

Quarterly reports deliver authoritative guidance on trending issues and practices. Your office will receive each new PAS report as it's published, plus you'll have online access to dozens of past reports.

Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas, the latest PAS Report, provides tools for protecting people and property through the integration of subdivision design and floodplain planning.

Inquiry Answer Service

Research on Demand

When searching the Internet isn't enough, our research team will find the answer you need, along with the plans, ordinances, articles, and reports to back it up.


"A while back, I asked PAS for information on TODs, for a proposal to redevelop our township's waterfront. Going up against a private firm, our department got the job. Since we did the work in house, we saved the township thousands of dollars. Thank you for helping to make that happen."

— Matthew K. Takita, Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania

PAS Memo

The Best Shoptalk Around

What's working in communities like yours? These bimonthly alerts bring you practical information from planners around the globe facing the same challenges you are. Subscribing organizations are connected to archive of previous issues.

Read "Parklets: Best Practices for Design and Implementation,” the latest PAS Memo, to learn about how to convert on-street parking spaces into public places for active or passive enjoyment.

PAS QuickNotes

Handy Handouts on Hot Topics

Bite-size backgrounders make important planning issues easy for officials and the public to understand. They're ideal for public meetings, private briefings, and staff orientations. Once your organization subscribes, you'll be able to download and share each issue with citizens and commissioners in your — or your client's — community.

"Water Conservation Strategies,” the latest PAS QuickNotes, highlights a number of strategies communities can use to curb wasteful water consumption.

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— Vasudha Pinnamaraju, AICP, McLean County (Illinois) Regional Planning Commission

PAS Essential Info Packets

One Topic, One Stop

Each PAS Essential Info Packet is a roundup of resources on a single planning topic. They're packed with articles, plan excerpts, model codes, and regulatory examples. All titles in the PAS Essential Info Packets series are free to subscribing agencies.

Read “Regulating Short-Term Residential Rentals,” the latest PAS Essential Info Packet, for essential background information and numerous examples of local regulations.

You Asked. We Answered.

How can we regulate form and appearance in industrial zone districts?

I am looking for some examples of industrial zone districts employed by other communities that move towards a more form-based model.  We are looking to institute a new zone district for a future business/ industrial park and are more concerned with design and appearance than use.