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.

Planning for Sustainable Material and Waste Management, the latest PAS report, explores how this sector intersects with six core planning concerns.

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 an archive of previous issues.

Read "Data-Driven Housing Assessments and Action Plans, Part 1: The Data," the latest PAS Memo, to learn why planners should conduct regular housing assessments and how to use the publically accessible housing data that is available for these analyses.

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

"Annexation," the latest PAS QuickNotes, summarizes the reasons for annexing territory and introduces several key considerations for any municipal annexation study.

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.

Rail Lines and Terminals in Urban Planning

Information Report No. 82, January 1956

This month's historic PAS Report explores the decline in the nation's private railroad industries and encourages planners to become more involved in planning for this transportation sector.

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