Planning Advisory Service

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.

Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas, the latest PAS Report, provides tools for protecting people and property through the integration of subdivision design and floodplain planning.

"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 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. 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.

"Sharing Planning Services,” the latest PAS QuickNotes, provides a primer on potential opportunities to share local planning services and outlines a basic process for formulating a shared service strategy.

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.

PAS Memo

The Best Shoptalk Around

What's working in communities like yours? These bimonthly alerts bring you practical information from planners around the globe facing the same challenges you are. Subscribing organizations are connected to archive of previous issues.

Read "Parklets: Best Practices for Design and Implementation,” the latest PAS Memo, to learn about how to convert on-street parking spaces into public places for active or passive enjoyment.

"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.

How are cities and counties regulating aerial drones?

Drones, or unmanned aircraft controlled by remote control or onboard computer, are becoming more prevalent, which is raising public safety and privacy concerns. If cities and counties choose to regulate drones, what are the different approaches to writing and enforcing those regulations?