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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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.

Measuring Community Character

PAS QuickNotes No. 72

Community character refers to the distinct identity of a place. People often choose the places they live and spend their leisure time based—in part—on their perceptions of community character. Nevertheless, many people find it difficult to explain which characteristics are essential to their sense of place. This edition of PAS QuickNotes highlights the importance of identifying the key measurable qualities that contribute to perceptions of community character, and it suggests a small set of these measures grouped under three categories: urban form, natural features, and demographics.

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