Four times a year, APA's Planning Advisory Service publishes a new PAS Report with guidance on current issues and innovative 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.

Latest Report

Creating Planning Documents

The latest PAS Report presents recommended practices for creating high-quality planning documents and reports. The report offers step-by-step guidance and includes sample templates for readers to customize.

Historic Reports

PAS published its first Information Report in 1949. To celebrate this history, each month we'll present a new report from the archives. We hope you enjoy these fascinating snapshots of planning issues of yesteryear.

Policy Statements: Guides to Decision-Making

Information Report No. 152, November 1961

The comprehensive or general plan provides high-level policies to guide decisions about the use and development of land. Standards and regulations are on-the-ground implementation tools. But how do planners get from the big picture to particular outcomes? This month’s historic PAS report focuses on “second-order” policy statements that connect broad community goals to specific recommendations and detailed regulations.

Become a PAS Report Author

We’re always looking for authors to write or update PAS Reports on a variety of planning topics. Visit the archive to see the list of all past reports. If you have an idea for a PAS Report, please contact Ann Dillemuth at