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 for Sustainable Material and Waste Management, the latest PAS report, explores how this sector intersects with six core planning concerns.
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 "Data-Driven Housing Assessments and Action Plans, Part 2: Analytical Techniques and Taking Action," the latest PAS Memo, to learn techniques for analyzing publicly available housing data and discover ideas for taking action through programs, policies, and partnerships.
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.
"The Wildland-Urban Interface," the latest PAS QuickNotes, describes how planning, development regulations, and public education can help mitigate wildfire risk in areas where human development borders or intermingles with forests or other wildlands.
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.
Heliports in City Plans
Information Report No. 52, July 1953
This month's historic PAS Report offers planners a primer on the operations and facility needs of an "imminent" new transportation mode — the helicopter.