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.

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To build a stronger community, you need the right tools. APA members and PAS subscribers get a well-stocked toolbox of digital access to:

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Organizations that subscribe to PAS get full access for staff members to the digital suite of PAS Reports, PAS Memo, PAS QuickNotes, and APA's Research KnowledgeBase. APA members also have online access to PAS publications and the Research KnowledgeBase.

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PAS Reports

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Practical Guides for Practicing Planners

PAS 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 access the digital archive of more than 100 reports.

Smart Cities: Integrating Technology, Community, and Nature, the latest PAS Report, prepares planners to lead the way in in ensuring equitable implementation of smart city technologies in their communities.

PAS Memo

Cover of PAS Memo 109: Legacy Business Programs: Emerging Directions

Best Shoptalk Around

What's working in communities like yours? These practice-focused articles bring you actionable 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 "Legacy Business Programs: Emerging Directions," the latest PAS Memo, to learn how planners can help support the quirky, independent local enterprises that have sustained a sense of place for generations.

PAS QuickNotes

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Handy Handouts on Hot Topics

Bite-size backgrounders covering important planning issues and emerging trends for a fast basic understanding. Ideal for practicing planners to familiarize themselves with important topics and future-focused tools.

"Asset-Based Community Development," the latest PAS QuickNotes, highlights how planners can use ABCD to advance solution-oriented equitable and restorative planning practices.