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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The Wildland-Urban Interface

PAS QuickNotes No. 69

The wildland-urban interface (WUI) is the area where human development borders or intermingles with forestland or other wildlands. Over the past several decades, the pace of development in the WUI has accelerated. Development in the WUI increases wildfire risk and complicates wildfire management. This edition of PAS QuickNotes describes how planning, development regulations, and public education can help mitigate wildfire risk in the WUI.

Making Space for Tiny Houses

PAS QuickNotes No. 68

Tiny houses are attracting a lot of attention through social media, television shows, documentaries, and stories in the popular press. Advocates often tout the affordability and environmental friendliness of living in very small homes. Meanwhile, skeptics and detractors see a passing fad and caution against embracing tiny houses as a distinct type of dwelling. This edition of PAS QuickNotes describes different types of tiny houses and explains how land-use and development regulations affect tiny house living.

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