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 from the Planning Advisory Service. PAS subscribers have access to all PAS QuickNotes in the QN Archive.

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Sharing Planning Services

PAS QuickNotes No. 64

For decades local governments have been experiencing pressure to deliver ever better services while simultaneously reducing costs. In many cases this tension leads local officials to consider sharing services with neighboring cities or counties. When the fit is right, shared services maximize the efficiency of service provision and can extend local government capacity. Given the long-term implications of local planning work, finding the “right fit” is especially important. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes provides a primer on potential opportunities to share local planning services and outlines a basic process for formulating a shared service strategy.

Water Conservation Strategies

PAS QuickNotes No. 63

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American uses 100 gallons of water per day. The good news is water use has been declining since the later 1990s, as local governments, water utilities, businesses, and homeowners adopt water conservation strategies. Still there is much work to be done as water supply systems in the U.S. face mounting challenges related to climate change, population growth and development, and aging infrastructure. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes highlights a number of strategies communities can pursue to curb water consumption.

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