PAS QuickNotes (QN)

PAS QuickNotes is a series of briefing papers that provides planning fundamentals for public officials and engaged citizens.

QN offers a timely, concise overview of a single planning topic as well as additional information and resources available through the Planning Advisory Service.

Subscribers have digital access to both current and archived editions.

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Planning and Local Revenue Sources

Local governments depend on revenue to deliver a range of services, including public education, police and fire, and transit services. Local governments also pay for critical infrastructure, such as roads and water systems, that make local and regional economic development possible. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes provides a general overview of potential local revenue sources and briefly touches on how revenue structure influences land-use mix, the spatial distribution of development, and economic development decisions in a given community.

Regulating Short-Term Rentals

The concept of renting rooms or homes on a short-term basis is not new. Many cities have boarding houses that rent rooms by the week or month, just as many small towns and rural areas host bed and breakfasts. And in some tourist hotspots, dedicated vacation rentals are common. However, new online services that facilitate short-term rentals have led to a rapid proliferation of home sharing as an alternative to more traditional visitor lodging arrangements in communities across the country. In many places, this trend has sparked debates about whether or not new regulatory or enforcement mechanisms are necessary to mitigate potential effects on host communities. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes provides some background on the short-term rental market and explores a series of important policy considerations for communities experiencing rising demand for short-term rentals.

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Authors Wanted

If you are a planner or authority in the field with expertise in one of the following areas, please send an e-mail to the editor at pasquicknotes

  • Techniques for Successful Public Engagement
  • Historic Preservation or Historic District Planning
  • Neighborhood Planning
  • Health Impact Assessments and Planning
  • Understanding MPOs

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