Planning Advisory Service
Planners have turned to the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) for information and innovation since 1949. PAS is APA's flagship research brand, with a suite of publications and curated content.
Pop Open the Toolbox
To build a stronger community, you need the right tools. APA members and PAS subscribers get a well-stocked toolbox, including:
Practical Guides for Practicing Planners
Quarterly reports deliver authoritative guidance on trending issues and practices. APA members and PAS subscribers can download each new report as it is posted, and can download nearly 100 reports published since 1994. PAS subscribers also receive a print copy of each new PAS report.
A Planner’s Guide to Meeting Facilitation, the latest PAS Report, offers planners step-by-step guidance in effectively planning, preparing for, and leading public meetings to productive outcomes.
The Best Shoptalk Around
What's working in communities like yours? These bimonthly alerts bring you practical information from planners around the country facing the same challenges you are. APA members and PAS subscribers are connected to an archive of previous issues.
Read "Planning for Utility-Scale Solar Energy Facilities," the latest PAS Memo, to make sure your community is ready to regulate these large, complex land uses.
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. APA members and PAS subscribers can download and share each issue with citizens and commissioners in their — or their clients' — communities.
"Conservation Subdivision Design," the latest PAS QuickNotes, highlights the potential benefits of conservation subdivisions and summarizes how local officials and planners can encourage conservation subdivision design by identifying conservation priorities, updating development regulations, and providing education and assistance.
Historic PAS Reports
PAS published its first Information Report in 1949. Each month we present a new report from the archives.
Industrial Zoning Standards
Information Report No. 78, September 1955
This month's historic PAS Report introduces performance zoning, a new approach to industrial use standards that regulates these uses by external effects, not name.
Subscribe to PAS
Organizations that subscribe to PAS receive one print copy of each new PAS Report, and staff members of these organizations have online access to PAS Reports, PAS Memo, PAS QuickNotes, and APA's Research KnowledgeBase. APA members also have online access to PAS publications and the Research KnowledgeBase.