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

Planning for Sustainable Material and Waste Management

The latest PAS report explores the evolution of material and waste management in the U.S.; connects it to core planning concerns of environment, infrastructure, finance, economy, equity, and technology; and calls for a shift from end-of-pipe solutions to life-cycle approaches.

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.

Heliports in the City Plan 

Information Report No. 52, July 1953

In the early 1950s, commercial helicopter travel was still in its infancy, yet recent successes with helicopters for air mail in major U.S. cities and rescue efforts in Korea gave planners reason to believe that frequent, convenient helicopter passenger service might be just around the corner. This month's historic PAS report offered planners a primer on the operations and facility needs of this anticipated transportation mode.   

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