Planning Advisory Service

Changes Coming to PAS in 2017

Starting January 1, all digital publications from PAS — APA’s flagship research brand — will be free to all APA members. This includes complete access to current and archived publications that historically have been available only by subscribing to PAS.

For current APA members, it’s a terrific new benefit. For some nonmembers, joining APA becomes a cost-effective option. For others, APA is introducing a new PAS subscription at one affordable rate.

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Planners have turned to PAS for information and innovation since 1949. PAS is a powerhouse subscription that combines publications, curated content, and research services into a resource for smarter, faster planning.

Pop Open the Toolbox

To build a stronger community, you need the right tools. PAS subscribers get a well-stocked toolbox you and your colleagues can share, including:

"My colleagues and I rely on PAS for expertise and current, relevant research on any topic from a broad geographic area. The service has saved our staff significant time. PAS is worth so much more than it costs."

— Stacy Humphrey, AICP, City of Gresham, Oregon

PAS Reports

Practical Guides for Practicing Planners

Quarterly reports deliver authoritative guidance on trending issues and practices. Your office will receive each new PAS report as it's published, plus you'll have online access to dozens of past reports.

Big Data and Planning, the latest PAS Report, provides a practical guide to channeling the power of big data.

"During our budget process, we ended up cutting costs big and small. When my office manager asked me if I wanted to eliminate PAS, I told her that this is one service I cannot live without. I find PAS research, assistance, and publications extremely helpful. PAS is like an extension to my staff."

— Vasudha Pinnamaraju, AICP, McLean County (Illinois) Regional Planning Commission

PAS Memo

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. Subscribing organizations are connected to archive of previous issues.

Read "Creative Placemaking,” the latest PAS Memo, to learn how planners can use arts and cultural activities to shape the physical, social, and economic character of their communities.

PAS QuickNotes

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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. Once your organization subscribes, you'll be able to download and share each issue with citizens and commissioners in your — or your client's — community.

"Ecosystem Services,” the latest PAS QuickNotes, provides a primer on the benefits natural systems provide to humans and explains how an awareness of ecosystem services can improve decision making related to community growth and change.

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 packed with articles, plan excerpts, model codes, and regulatory examples. All titles in the PAS Essential Info Packets series are free to subscribing agencies.

Read “Regulating Short Term Residential Rentals,” the latest PAS Essential Info Packet, for essential background information and numerous examples of local regulations.

Historic PAS Reports

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

Economic Analysis of Market Area for Shopping Centers

Information Report No. 44, November 1952

This month's historic PAS Report pulls together the many criteria, standards, methods, and data sources being used in 1952 to analyze market areas for shopping centers.

"A while back, I asked PAS for information on TODs, for a proposal to redevelop our township's waterfront. Going up against a private firm, our department got the job. Since we did the work in house, we saved the township thousands of dollars. Thank you for helping to make that happen."

— Matthew K. Takita, Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania

Inquiry Answer Service

Research on Demand

When searching the Internet isn't enough, our research team will find the answer you need, along with the plans, ordinances, articles, and reports to back it up.

You Asked. We Answered.

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