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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
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  • 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

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PAS Recommends

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.

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APA's Energy and Climate Database offers a unique look at how communities are integrating energy and climate change issues into planning.

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Solar Energy

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.

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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

May 2015

You Asked. We Answered.

What are small-lot subdivisions?

Find out how we answered

Sustaining Places: Best Practices for Comprehensive Plans

The latest PAS Report presents a set of principles, processes, attributes, and supporting best practices that summarize how communities can address the sustainability of human settlements through the comprehensive plan.

Getting Ready for the Rain: Urban Flooding and Planning for Community Resilience

Read the latest PAS Memo for an introduction to community resilience planning as a tool to help reduce urban flooding and mitigate its impacts.

Local Control and Wireless Facilities Siting

Read the latest PAS QuickNotes for an overview of federal and state limits on local control of wireless facility siting as well as key considerations for local policy.

Sustaining Places Practices for Comprehensive Planning

Read the latest PAS Essential Info Packet for links to comprehensive plans that incorporate many of the best practices identified through the Sustaining Places initiative.

Historic PAS Reports

See what planners in 1951 were learning about capital improvement programming in PAS Report No. 23.

And check out the whole series of early reports available online.