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

Cover of PAS Report 597: Using Drones in Planning Practice.

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.

Using Drones in Planning Practice, the latest PAS Report, helps planners determine whether drones can enhance their planning practice and prepares them to take the first steps toward uncrewed aircraft systems implementation.

PAS Memo

Cover of PAS Memo January-February 2021: Building Resilience Through Plan Integration.

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 "Building Resilience Through Plan Integration," the latest PAS Memo, to learn how planners can use the Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard (PIRS) method to ensure local plans are working in alignment to create more resilient communities. 

PAS QuickNotes

Cover of PAS QuickNotes 90: Design Thinking.

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.

"Design Thinking," the latest PAS QuickNotes, explains this five-step process and suggests how planners can use it to help create better projects and practices. 

Historic PAS Reports

PAS published its first Information Report in 1949. Check out a wealth of early reports from the archives.

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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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