PAS QuickNotes (QN) are plain-English briefing papers that explain planning basics for public officials and engaged citizens. Each QN offers a concise overview of a timely planning topic, plus links to more resources for further reading. APA members and PAS subscribers have access to all PAS QuickNotes in the QN Archive.

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Making Space for Student Housing

PAS QuickNotes No. 75

Cities and counties that host colleges and universities often face challenges associated with off-campus student housing. This edition of PAS QuickNotes provides background on the forces driving demand for off-campus student housing and presents a deliberate approach to help host communities accommodate this demand.

Transfer of Development Rights

PAS QuickNotes No. 74

Transfer of development rights (TDR) is a voluntary, market-driven growth management tool that permits higher intensity development in designated “receiving” areas in exchange for land or resource preservation in designated “sending” areas. This edition of PAS QuickNotes provides general background on the TDR concept and summarizes the key steps in designing and implementing a new TDR program.

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