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.
A Planner’s Guide to Meeting Facilitation, the latest PAS Report, offers planners step-by-step guidance in effectively planning, preparing for, and leading public meetings to productive outcomes.
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 "Integrating Gender Mainstreaming into U.S. Planning Practice," the latest PAS Memo, to make sure your community's plans, programs, policies, and public investments are benefitting men and women alike.
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.
"Inclusive Planning Processes," the latest PAS QuickNotes, highlights the inequitable effects of traditional approaches to public participation and summarizes how planners and local officials can change participation methods and techniques to maximize inclusivity.
Historic PAS Reports
PAS published its first Information Report in 1949. Each month we present a new report from the archives.
Capital Improvement Programming
Information Report No. 151, October 1961
This month's historic PAS Report guides planners through the capital improvement programming process.
Subscribe to PAS
Organizations that subscribe to PAS receive one print copy of each new PAS Report, and staff members of these organizations have online access to PAS Reports, PAS Memo, PAS QuickNotes, and APA's Research KnowledgeBase. APA members also have online access to PAS publications and the Research KnowledgeBase.