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.

Commercial Corridor Redevelopment Strategies, the latest PAS Report, offers a comprehensive approach grounded in a market-based perspective to help planners improve the economic health and sustainability of their communities' commercial corridors.

PAS Memo

Cover of PAS Memo November-December 2021: Planning for Dementia-Friendly Communities

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 "Planning for Dementia-Friendly Communities," the latest PAS Memo, to learn how planners can help make communities better places for people with dementia to improve quality of life for all.

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.