PAS QuickNotes (QN) are plain-English briefing papers that explain planning basics for public officials and engaged citizens. Each QN offers a concise overview of a timely planning topic, plus links to more resources for further reading. APA members and PAS subscribers have access to all PAS QuickNotes in the QN Archive.

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Transfer of Development Rights

PAS QuickNotes No. 74

Transfer of development rights (TDR) is a voluntary, market-driven growth management tool that permits higher intensity development in designated “receiving” areas in exchange for land or resource preservation in designated “sending” areas. This edition of PAS QuickNotes provides general background on the TDR concept and summarizes the key steps in designing and implementing a new TDR program.

The Long-Range Transportation Plan

PAS QuickNotes No. 73

The long-range transportation plan (LRTP) establishes regional goals and policy recommendations for public investments in transportation infrastructure and services. This edition of PAS QuickNotes summarizes federal requirements for LRTPs and explains how these plans serve as a critical bridge between state and local transportation plans while also providing an opportunity to align regional transportation initiatives with a wide range of regional priorities.

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