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.
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.
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 "Slowing Down to Speed Up: Improving Planning Processes With Lean," the latest PAS Memo, to learn how Goodyear, Arizona, used the continuous improvement processes of Lean to cut development review times in half while improving employee morale.
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.
"Managing Shared-Use Micromobility," the latest PAS QuickNotes, describes key considerations to help communities maximize the benefits and minimize the potential impacts of shared-use bicycles and scooters.
Historic PAS Reports
PAS published its first Information Report in 1949. Check out a wealth of early reports from the archives.
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.