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

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.

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

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. APA members and PAS subscribers are connected to archive of previous issues.

Read "Advancing the Economic Development Element in Comprehensive Plans,” the latest PAS Memo, for pointers on how planners can fix what's wrong with traditional approaches to economic development elements in comprehensive plans. 

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. APA members and PAS subscribers can download and share each issue with citizens and commissioners in their — or their clients' — communities.

"Ecosystem Services,” the latest PAS QuickNotes, is 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 APA members and PAS subscribers.

Read “Planning & Zoning for Health in the Built Environment,” the latest PAS Essential Info Packet, for essential background information and numerous examples of local regulations.

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Historic PAS Reports

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

Public Property Zoning Problems

Information Report No. 112, July 1958

This month's historic PAS Report asks to what extent local governments' use of public land should be controlled by zoning regulations.

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