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.

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To build a stronger community, you need the right tools. APA members and PAS subscribers get a well-stocked toolbox of digital access to:

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Organizations that subscribe to PAS get full access for staff members to the digital suite of PAS Reports, PAS Memo, PAS QuickNotes, and APA's Research KnowledgeBase. APA members also have online access to PAS publications and the Research KnowledgeBase.

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PAS Reports

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Practical Guides for Practicing Planners

PAS 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 access the digital archive of more than 100 reports.

Planning for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation, the latest PAS Report, gives planners the information they need to help lead their communities to a climate-resilient future.

PAS Memo

Cover of PAS Memo 112: The Baltimore Planning Academy: Community Empowerment through Civic Education

Best Shoptalk Around

What's working in communities like yours? These practice-focused articles bring you actionable 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 "The Baltimore Planning Academy: Community Empowerment Through Civic Education," the latest PAS Memo, to learn about this tool for helping community members better engage, connect with, and affect local planning processes.

PAS QuickNotes

Cover of PAS QuickNotes 100: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Handy Handouts on Hot Topics

Bite-size backgrounders covering important planning issues and emerging trends for a fast basic understanding. Ideal for practicing planners to familiarize themselves with important topics and future-focused tools.

"Electric Vehicle Charging Stations," the latest PAS QuickNotes, explains EV charging infrastructure and highlights questions planners must address to ensure equitable deployment in their communities.   

Research KnowledgeBase

The Library of Everything Planning

Curated, searchable collections of topically related resources, both APA and non-APA. Find reports, articles, sample plans and regulations, and a wide range of other resources on 70 planning topics and counting.

"Climate Change," the latest Research KnowledgeBase Collection, offers more than 300 resources on climate change mitigation and adaptation.