PAS Reports

Each quarter APA's Planning Advisory Service publishes a new PAS Report providing authoritative guidance on current issues and innovative practices.

Subscribing organizations automatically receive each new PAS report as it is published. Subscribers may view recent reports online and purchase print versions at a 50 percent discount from the APA store.

Latest Report

Sustaining Places: Best Practices for Comprehensive Plans

Sustaining Places: Best Practices for Comprehensive Plans cover, PAS 578The comprehensive plan, also called the general plan or community master plan, is the official statement of a local government establishing policies for its future long-range development. This report is the culmination of a four-year effort by the American Planning Association (APA) to define the role of comprehensive plans in addressing the sustainability of human settlements.

It presents a set of comprehensive plan standards organized around six principles, two processes, and two attributes. And it includes a set of best practices to implement each of these components. Collectively, these principles, processes, attributes, and supporting best practices define what the comprehensive plan for sustaining places should do. The report also includes a plan-scoring procedure for communities that want to systematically compare their plans against a national standard.

The plan standards framework described in this report is not a prescription or recipe. Rather it is a resource and benchmark for communities to use as they develop solutions that work for their particular circumstances. The ultimate aim is to help planners, public officials, and other community stakeholders realize the powerful potential of the comprehensive plan to sustain 21st century places.

PAS subscribers received the report in February. Others may order it from the APA Store.

PAS Reports Archive

Whatever issue you're working on, chances are there's a PAS Report that covers it. Since 1949, PAS has published about 575 reports on a wide range of planning topics.

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Historic Reports

PAS Report No 145 coverPAS 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.

Information Report No. 192, November 1964

Periodicals for Planning Agencies

What journals and magazines were planners reading in the 1960s? This month's historic PAS Report presents a selection of 37 planning-related periodicals it deemed most relevant to Planning Advisory Service subscribers throughout the country, chosen from more than 175 periodicals received in the ASPO office at the time.

See which journals have stood the test of time and which no longer exist. Are any of these on your reading list?

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