Four times a year, APA's Planning Advisory Service publishes a new PAS Report with guidance on current issues and innovative practices.

APA members and PAS subscribers can download each new report as it is posted, and can download nearly 100 reports published since 1994. PAS subscribers also receive a print copy of each new PAS report.

Latest Report

Planning for Sustainable Material and Waste Management

The latest PAS report explores the evolution of material and waste management in the U.S.; connects it to core planning concerns of environment, infrastructure, finance, economy, equity, and technology; and calls for a shift from end-of-pipe solutions to life-cycle approaches.

Historic Reports

PAS published its first Information Report in 1949. To celebrate this history, each month we'll present a new report from the archives. We hope you enjoy these fascinating snapshots of planning issues of yesteryear.

Vest Pocket Parks 

Information Report No. 229, December 1967

In the 1950s and 1960s, "vest pocket parks" were a new experiment being undertaken by several U.S. cities to bring the community benefits of public open space to low-income, densely populated urban neighborhoods. This month's historic PAS report describes this new concept in park design and reports on early implementation efforts in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington.   

Become a PAS Report Author

We’re always looking for authors to write or update PAS Reports on a variety of planning topics. Visit the archive to see the list of all past reports. If you have an idea for a PAS Report, please contact Ann Dillemuth at