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Planning and Drought
A tornado rips through town. A hurricane blasts along the coast. An earthquake rocks the city. Most natural disasters hit hard and fast. Droughts are different. They steal in, one cloudless day after another, often catching communities unprepared.
Is your community at risk? Planning and Drought helps planners, public agencies, and local officials see the crisis on the horizon and get ready to meet it. This resourceful guide connects the dots between drought and land-use planning, water management, public health, and the local economy. The field's top researchers show how drought leaves communities vulnerable to wildfires, soil erosion, air pollution, and more. Experts with hands-on experience share checklists, case studies, and the pros and cons of various approaches to drought planning. Readers will come away with the tools to act against a threat that creeps in and leaves a legacy of dust.
PAS subscribers received the report in January. Additional copies are available through the APA store.
Chronological List of Reports
Whatever issue you're working on, chances are there's a PAS Report that covers it. Since 1949, PAS has published about 575 reports on a wide range of planning topics. Take a look at the PAS Reports list to see all the titles in this vital resource series.
PAS subscribers: Is the title you want not on your department's bookshelf? Contact us for a loan copy, or purchase your own from the bookstore with your 50 percent PAS discount.
PAS published its first Information Report in 1949. To celebrate this history, each month we're presenting a new report from the archives. We hope you enjoy these fascinating snapshots of planning issues of yesteryear.
Information Report No. 48, March 1953
Performance Bonds for the Installation of Subdivision Improvements
Many communities require performance bonding for subdivision improvements to make sure that developers won't walk away from unfinished projects. Did you know that this practice grew out of the housing market boom of the late 1920s and the legions of ghost subdivisions that the Great Depression left behind?
Explore the early days of this practice in this month's historic PAS Report, which reports on a 1953 survey of PAS subscribers' experiences with performance bonding and other strategies to ensure that subdivision developers finish what they start.
Selected Reports Online
Looking for land use definitions? Need some examples of parking standards for a certain use?
PAS Subscribers, we've provided you with digital access to the popular reports below.
PAS Report 516
This report examines a controversial concept — jobs-housing balance. Some have argued that the market is the mechanism that will achieve such balance. Jerry Weitz, in his research of four types of jobs-housing imbalance, concludes that the market has failed to achieve balance in three of the four scenarios he lays out. He provides case studies to support his findings, including one from King County, Washington, showing that increases in housing costs are more gradual in areas with a jobs-housing balance. This report counters the skeptics and points to those actions planners can take to help bring appropriate housing, jobs, and workforces together, resulting in overall community improvements.
PAS Report 517
Community indicators help planners evaluate and monitor the full range of factors — social, environmental, economic, and more — that affect the well-being of a community or region. This report reviews the use of indicators in planning practice and explores their relationship to citizen participation, quality of life, and sustainability. It summarizes the types and scale of indicators and describes how to identify, select, and develop indicators that are appropriate for a particular community. Rural and urban examples show how planners have used indicators in their practice. Includes an annotated list of resources and web links.
PAS Report 521/522
This dictionary, a revised and updated edition of the Planning Advisory Service's best selling Glossary of Zoning, Development, and Planning Terms, contains more than 4,200 terms used by planners around the nation. This new edition contains an introduction by Harvey Moscowitz, FAICP, chief editor of The Illustrated Book of Development Definitions, and Carl Lindbloom, AICP. Contributors include many APA Research Department staff, who culled through hundreds of ordinances, plans, and planning documents to offer readers choices of definitions and commentaries that add depth and value to the dictionary.
PAS Report 510/511
This report, an expanded and updated version of a previous best seller, contains an exhaustive set of parking standards and an exploration of the complexities of creating practical standards. There is general agreement that when the supply of parking greatly exceeds typical demand, the results are detrimental to a range of stakeholders. Benefits may come from minimizing off-street parking, but downsizing requirements can be tricky because many communities fear the impact on overall community development. This report addresses that quandary and explores techniques such as shared parking, maximum parking standards, downtown parking standards, and more.