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.

Pop Open the Toolbox

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

PAS Reports

The cover of PAS 595: A Planner’s Guide to Meeting Facilitation.

Practical Guides for Practicing Planners

Quarterly 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 download nearly 100 reports published since 1994. PAS subscribers also receive a print copy of each new PAS report.

A Planner’s Guide to Meeting Facilitation, the latest PAS Report, offers planners step-by-step guidance in effectively planning, preparing for, and leading public meetings to productive outcomes.

PAS Memo

Cover of September-October 2019 issue of PAS Memo.

The Best Shoptalk Around

What's working in communities like yours? These bimonthly alerts bring you practical 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 "Planning for Utility-Scale Solar Energy Facilities," the latest PAS Memo, to make sure your community is ready to regulate these large, complex land uses.

PAS QuickNotes

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Handy Handouts on Hot Topics

Bite-size backgrounders make important planning issues easy for officials and the public to understand. They're ideal for public meetings, private briefings, and staff orientations. APA members and PAS subscribers can download and share each issue with citizens and commissioners in their — or their clients' — communities.

"Inclusive Planning Processes," the latest PAS QuickNotes, highlights the inequitable effects of traditional approaches to public participation and summarizes how planners and local officials can change participation methods and techniques to maximize inclusivity.

Historic PAS Reports

PAS published its first Information Report in 1949. Each month we present a new report from the archives.

Proprietary and Pseudo-Voluntary Hospitals

Information Report No. 167, January 1963

This month's historic PAS Report shines light on the dark side of for-profit community hospitals. 

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Subscribe to PAS

Organizations that subscribe to PAS receive one print copy of each new PAS Report, and staff members of these organizations have online access to 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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