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.

A Guide to Community Planning Academies, the latest PAS Report, takes planners through the process of creating a planning academy program that can transform community engagement.

PAS Memo

Cover of PAS Memo 117: Planning Accessible 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 Accessible Communities," the latest PAS Memo, to learn how to plan and design truly inclusive communities that engage people with disabilities and meet their accessibility and mobility needs.

PAS QuickNotes

Cover of PAS QuickNotes 102: Music Policy and Planning

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.

"Music Policy and Planning," the latest PAS QuickNotes, outlines the components of a music audit and shares how cities are using this tool to meet economic, social, and equity goals.

Research KnowledgeBase

Design Thinking in Planning.

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.

"Design Thinking in Planning," the latest Research KnowledgeBase Collection, offers dozens of resources on how planners can apply design thinking concepts and techniques in their work.