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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Water Conservation Strategies

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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Neighborhood Planning

Neighborhood plans present recommendations for a discrete, contiguous subarea of a city. Most neighborhood planning areas contain housing as well as commercial, institutional, and recreational uses that serve the local area. Some neighborhood plans cover a wide range of topics relevant to the plan area, while others focus more narrowly on topics of special opportunity or urgency. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes provides a brief overview of neighborhood planning and highlights key steps in the neighborhood planning process.
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