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:

PAS Reports

Cover of PAS Report 596: Planning for Infrastructure Resilience

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.

Planning for Infrastructure Resilience, the latest PAS Report, helps planners ensure that today’s public investments yield infrastructure ready to withstand the rising seas and greater storms of climate change.

PAS Memo

Cover of PAS Memo, March-April 2020.

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 "Equity-Oriented Performance Measures in Transportation Planning," the latest PAS Memo, for guidance on how to incorporate equity considerations in transportation project prioritization processes for outcomes that meet the needs of all residents.

PAS QuickNotes

Cover of PAS QuickNotes 85: Artificial Intelligence

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.

"Artificial Intelligence," the latest PAS QuickNotes, describes the potential benefits AI can bring to local governments and shares important considerations about unintended consequences to communities and the need for responsible AI use.  

Historic PAS Reports

PAS published its first Information Report in 1949. Each month we present a new report from the archives.

What To Expect From the 1950 Census

Information Report No. 11, February 1950

This month's historic PAS Report gave planners a preview of what changes to data categorization and collection to expect in the 1950 decennial U.S. Census.

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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.

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