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

Creating Planning Documents

The latest PAS Report presents recommended practices for creating high-quality planning documents and reports. The report offers step-by-step guidance and includes sample templates for readers to customize.

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.

Urban Land Use

Information Report No. 14, May 1950

What is the “ideal” ratio of land uses? How many acres of different land-use types should my community have? For decades planners and others have asked these questions, and for decades the answer has been the same: there is no “correct” answer. This month’s historic PAS report analyzes land-use percentages from large and small cities across the country and finds that no patterns emerge and no conclusions can be drawn: there is no optimal ratio of land uses.

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