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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.
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.
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 chock-full of articles, plan excerpts, model codes, and examples of local regulations.
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You Asked. We Answered.
How do communities regulate occupancy of travel trailers and RVs?
Street Graphics and the Law
The latest PAS Report presents a method for improving the visual quality for signage, based on the principle that a good street graphic should be expressive of the business identity, compatible with the visual character of the surrounding area, and legible in its setting.
Community Food System Assessments
Read the latest PAS Memo for a discussion of community food system assessments as an alternative to simplistic food desert mapping.
Read the latest PAS QuickNotes for a primer on tactical urbanism for local governments.
Regulating Food Trucks
Read the latest PAS Essential Info Packet for sample zoning and licensing ordinances, along with background articles, staff reports, and local permit guidelines, showing how communities across the country are regulating food trucks.
Historic PAS Reports
See what planners in the late 1950s were learning about regulating floor area ratio in PAS Report No. 111.
And check out the whole series of early reports available online.