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.
Planning the Wildland-Urban Interface, the latest PAS Report, offers tools and approaches to help planners make their communities safer and more resilient to wildfire.
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 "More and Better: Increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Planning," the latest PAS Memo, to learn why and how to make diversity, equity, and inclusion regular and critical components of the urban planning profession.
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.
"Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Planning," the latest PAS QuickNotes, provides a brief overview of drone technology and regulations and highlights three specific ways communities can use unmanned aircraft to improve planning processes.
Historic PAS Reports
PAS published its first Information Report in 1949. Each month we present a new report from the archives.
Waterfronts: Planning for Resort and Residential Uses
Information Report No. 118, January 1959
This month's historic PAS Report explores the many problems caused by rapid, unregulated development of water front resort and recreational areas and outlines potential regulatory solutions.
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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.