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.

Planning for Urban Heat Resilience, the latest PAS Report, prepares planners to lead the way in helping mitigate and manage heat for more equitable, sustainable, and livable communities.

PAS Memo

Cover of PAS Memo 111: Artificial Intelligence and Planning Practice

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 "Artificial Intelligence and Planning Practice," the latest PAS Memo, to discover how AI can enhance the planner's toolbox — and learn about the important considerations planners must understand to help ensure responsible and equitable use of these technologies.

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.

"Blockchain for Planners," the latest PAS QuickNotes, explores the potential that this Web 3.0 technology holds for local governance and planning practice.

Research KnowledgeBase

The Library of Everything Planning

Curated, searchable collections of topically related resources, both APA and non-APA. Find reports, articles, sample plans and regulations, and a wide range of other resources on 70 planning topics and counting.

"Climate Change," the latest Research KnowledgeBase Collection, offers more than 300 resources on climate change mitigation and adaptation.