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.

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Street Graphics and the Law, Fourth Edition

Cover of PAS Report no. 580, Street Graphics and the Law, Fourth EditionSigns are an essential element of streetscapes — they can scream or mumble, inform or confuse, delight or depress, stimulate or irritate. Signage guides people but also contributes to safe and vibrant places.

This updated edition of Street Graphics and the Law presents a comprehensive system for designing, displaying, and regulating on-premise signs. Like its previous editions, this report presents a method for improving the visual quality for signage, based on the principle that a good street graphic should be expressive of the business identity, compatible with the visual character of the surrounding area, and legible in its setting. It includes the latest on digital signs and case law related to signage, with an updated street graphics model ordinance.

PAS subscribers will receive this report in September. Others may pre-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. 111, June 1958

Floor Area Ratio

By the late 1950s, floor area ratio was being acclaimed as a new and ingenious way of making zoning ordinances more flexible and had gained a place among the more traditional bulk controls featured in codes throughout the country.

This month's historic PAS Report takes a look at how FAR can be used to regulate development in commercial, industrial, and residential zones and analyzes its benefits as well as its shortcomings in each of those applications.

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