Planning Advisory Service
Planners have turned to the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) for information and innovation since 1949. PAS is APA's flagship research brand, with a suite of publications and curated content.
Pop Open the Toolbox
To build a stronger community, you need the right tools. APA members and PAS subscribers get a well-stocked toolbox, including:
Practical Guides for Practicing Planners
Quarterly reports deliver authoritative guidance on trending issues and 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.
Downtown Revitalization in Small and Midsized Cities, the latest PAS Report, provides exemplary strategies that have proved successful in transforming the downtowns of small and midsized cities. It explores the conditions that make these strategies work and offers guidance on how to organize downtown stakeholders, organizations, and consultants in the downtown revitalization process.
The Best Shoptalk Around
What's working in communities like yours? These bimonthly alerts bring you practical information from planners around the country facing the same challenges you are. APA members and PAS subscribers are connected to an archive of previous issues.
Read "Building Sustainability and Resilience into Local Planning Agencies," the latest PAS Memo, to learn about the skill sets planners need to take leadership roles in these efforts.
Handy Handouts on Hot Topics
Bite-size backgrounders make important planning issues easy for officials and the public to understand. They're ideal for public meetings, private briefings, and staff orientations. APA members and PAS subscribers can download and share each issue with citizens and commissioners in their — or their clients' — communities.
"Measuring Community Character," the latest PAS QuickNotes, provides a primer on objective characteristics that contribute to perceptions of community character.
PAS Essential Info Packets
One Topic, One Stop
Each PAS Essential Info Packet is a roundup of resources on a single planning topic. They're packed with articles, plan excerpts, model codes, and regulatory examples. All titles in the PAS Essential Info Packets series are free to APA members and PAS subscribers.
Read "Planning & Zoning for Health in the Built Environment," the latest PAS Essential Info Packet, for essential background information and numerous examples of local regulations.
Historic PAS Reports
PAS published its first Information Report in 1949. Each each month we present a new report from the archives.
Underground Wiring in New Residential Areas
Information Report No. 163, October 1962
This month's historic PAS Report examines the growing practice — and benefits and challenges — of providing underground power and telephone lines in new residential subdivisions.