APA's PAS Memo series provides planners with actionable information drawn from practical experience on today's important planning topics and tools.

APA members and PAS subscribers have access to all editions of PAS Memo. Others can purchase PDFs of select issues for $10 each.


120. Implementation Project Assessment: A New Tool For Implementing Community Plans. Benjamin G. Hitchings, FAICP, and Philip R. Berke, PhD. 2024. (html | pdf)

119. Designing Everyday Spaces for Playful Learning. Jennifer Vey and Juanita Morales. 2023. (html | pdf)

118. Achieving Vision Zero in Practice. Elias Guseman, AICP, Michael Manzella, AICP, and Lyndsey Scofield, AICP, PMP. 2023. (html | pdf)

117. Planning Accessible Communities. Jenny Godwin, AICP. 2023. (html | pdf)

116. Identifying Activity Centers: A How-To Guide. DW Rowlands and Tracy Hadden Loh, PhD. 2023.(html | pdf)

115. Planning for On-Street EV Charging Infrastructure. Adam Lubinsky, PhD, AICP. 2023. (html | pdf)

114. Storytelling as Authentic Engagement. Rowena Alegría. 2023. (html | pdf)

113. The Use of Foresight and Scenario Planning in Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Planning. Petra Hurtado, PhD, and Joseph DeAngelis, AICP. 2022. (html | pdf)

112. The Baltimore Planning Academy: Community Empowerment Through Civic Education. Elina Bravve. 2022. (html | pdf)

111. Artificial Intelligence and Planning Practice. David Wasserman, AICP, and Michael Flaxman, PhD. 2022. (html | pdf)

110. Three Essential Questions for Better Planning. Kyle Ezell, EDD, FAICP CUD. 2022. (html | pdf)

109. Legacy Business Programs: Emerging Directions. Elizabeth Morton, PhD. 2022. (html | pdf)

Planning for Dementia-Friendly Communities. Jonathan Paul Katz. Nov/Dec 2021. (html | pdf)

Design Thinking in Planning Practice. Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA, DPACSA. Sept/Oct 2021. (html | pdf)

Guiding Plan Implementation With Degree of Change. John Zeanah, AICP. July/Aug 2021. (html | pdf)

Advancing Racial Equity Through Land-Use Planning. Paul Mogush, AICP. May/June 2021. (html | pdf)

Partnering with Health Systems on Affordable Housing Investments. Alyia Gaskins. Mar/Apr 2021. (html | pdf)

Building Resilience Through Plan Integration. Joseph DeAngelis, AICP, Johamary Peña, Alexsandra Gomez, Jaimie Masterson, AICP, and Philip Berke,PhD. Jan/Feb 2021. (html | pdf)

Still Getting Trip Generation Right: Revalidating MXD+. John Gard and Corwin Bell. Nov/Dec 2020. (html | pdf)

Preserving Manufactured Home Communities. Crystal Launder. Sept/Oct 2020. (html | pdf)

Slowing Down to Speed Up: Improving Planning Processes With Lean. Christopher Baker, AICP, Katie Wilken, AICP, and Alissa Magley, CPM. July/Aug 2020. (html | pdf)

Multi-MPO Planning: Prospects and Practices. David Morley, AICP; Arthi Rao, PhD; Catherine Ross, PhD; and Johamary Peña. May/June 2020. (html | pdf)

Equity-Oriented Performance Measures in Transportation Planning. Audrey Wennink and Agustina Krapp. Mar/Apr 2020. (html | pdf)

Planning for a Resilient Retail Landscape. Bobby Boone, AICP, and Rick Liu, AICP. Jan/Feb 2020. (html | pdf)


Integrating Gender Mainstreaming into U.S. Planning Practice. Sherry Ryan, PhD. Nov/Dec 2019. (html | pdf)

Planning for Utility-Scale Solar Energy Facilities. Darren Coffey, AICP. Sept/Oct 2019. (html | pdf)

How to Design Your Scenario Planning Process. Janae Futrell, AICP. July/Aug 2019. (html | pdf)

More and Better: Increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Planning. Kendra L. Smith, PhD. May/June 2019. (html | pdf)

Conservation Limited Development for Local Governments. Wayne Feiden, FAICP. Mar/Apr 2019. (html | pdf)

Short-Term Rentals: Regulation and Enforcement Strategies. Jared E. Munster, PhD, AICP. Jan/Feb 2019. (html | pdf)

Crafting Charrettes That Transform Communities. Holly Madill, Bill Lennertz, and Wayne Beyea, AICP. Nov/Dec 2018. (html | pdf)

Integrating Capital Improvements Planning with the Comprehensive Plan. Stevie Greathouse, Liane Miller, AICP, and Ming-ru Chu. Sept/Oct 2018. (html | pdf)

Collaborating on Water and Planning: A Perspective for Planners. Vicki Elmer, Carol Howe, Philip Stoker, and Gary Pivo. May/June 2018. (html | pdf)

Autism Planning and Design Guidelines 1.0. Kyle Ezell, AICP CUD; Gala Korniyenko; and Rick Stein, AICP. July/Aug 2018. (html | pdf)

Wayfinding: The Design of Getting Lost and Found. Katie Osborn. Mar/Apr 2018. (html | pdf)

Building Sustainability and Resilience into Local Planning Agencies. Wayne Feiden, FAICP. Jan/Feb 2018. (html | pdf)

Planning with Improvement Districts. Erica Heller, AICP. Nov/Dec 2017. (html | pdf)

Constructing Effective Public-Private Partnerships. Geoff Dickinson, AICP, and Lance Dorn. Sept/Oct 2017. (html | pdf)

Data-Driven Housing Assessments and Action Plans, Part 2: Analytical Techniques and Taking Action. Mel Jones. July/Aug 2017. (html | pdf)

Data-Driven Housing Assessments and Action Plans, Part 1: The Data. Mel Jones. May/June 2017. (html | pdf)

Planning for Equitable Development: Social Equity by Design. Carlton C. Eley. Mar/Apr 2017. (html | pdf)

Advancing the Economic Development Element in Comprehensive Plans. Luis Núñez. Jan/Feb 2017. (html | pdf)

Creative Placemaking. Leonardo Vazquez, AICP, PP. Nov/Dec 2016. (html | pdf)

Parklets: Best Practices for Design and Implementation. Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, PhD, and Madeline Brozen. Sept/Oct 2016. (html | pdf)

Smart Transportation Metrics for Smart Growth. Chris Mitchell, PE, and Ronald T. Milam, AICP. July/Aug 2016. (html | pdf)

Alternatives for Determining Parks and Recreation Level of Service. David Barth, PhD, AICP. May/June 2016. (html | pdf)

Comprehensive Planning and Geodesign. David Rouse, AICP, and Shannon McElvaney. Mar/Apr 2016. (html | pdf)

Local Approaches to Managing Oil and Gas Development. Tushar Kansal, Patrick Field, and Pallavi Phartiyal. Jan/Feb 2016. (html | pdf)

Community Food System Assessments. Kara Martin, AICP, and Tammy Morales. Nov/Dec 2015. (html | pdf)

Harnessing the Power of Tactical Urbanism for Planning Success. Sarah Showalter, AICP, and Steven Chester. Sept/Oct 2015. (html | pdf)

Planning for Startup Communities: Investing in Entrepreneurs and a 21st Century Economy. Lucas Lindsey. July/Aug 2015. (html | pdf)

Getting Ready for the Rain: Urban Flooding and Planning for Community Resilience. Harriet Festing. May/June 2015. (html | pdf)

Geodesign and the Future of Planning. Shannon McElvaney and David Rouse, AICP. Mar/Apr 2015. (html | pdf)

Next-Generation Transportation Impact Fees. Dwayne Pierce Guthrie, AICP, and L. Carson Bise, AICP. Jan/Feb 2015. (html | pdf)


Institutionalizing Urban Agriculture: Process, Progress, and Innovation (html | pdf)

Integrated Urban Water Management for Planners (html | pdf)

Land Trusts: Conserving Land, Strengthening Communities (html | pdf)

The Future of Outdoor Lighting (html | pdf)

Planning for Urban Forest Resilience: Managing Invasive Pests and Diseases (html | pdf)

Planners and the Digital Commons: Perspectives, Techniques, and Engagement (html | pdf)

Local Bicycle Master Planning: Connecting Communities (html | pdf)

An Introduction to Campus Planning: Insights and Opportunities (html | pdf)

An Introduction to Community Branding (html | pdf)

Getting Trip Generation Right: Eliminating the Bias Against Mixed Use Development (html | pdf)

Accelerating Change: Bend, Oregon, Explores New Ways to Advance Its Community's Vision (html | pdf)

Valuing Ecosystem Services to Inform Conservation and Development Decisions (html | pdf)

Distributed Renewable Energy: Anticipating Energy Development in Communities (html | pdf)

Historic Preservation: Expanding the Planner's Toolbox (html | pdf)

Checking in on the Land Based Classification Standards: Multi-Dimensional Classification at a Crossroads (html | pdf)

The Effectiveness of Green Infrastructure for Urban Stormwater Management (html | pdf)

Taking the Communications High Ground (html | pdf)

Delivering Better Plans (html | pdf)

Using the Housing and Transportation Affordability Index in Your Community (html)

Project Management Is Good Planning! (html)

Human Investment Planning (html | pdf)

Using Metrics to Drive Community Sustainability Efforts (html)

Local Agricultural Preservation: Making the Food System Connection (html)

The OpenNeighborhood Project: A Fresh Look at Public Participation (html)

Developing a Solar Energy Potential Map (html)

Foreclosure: Community Impacts, Prevention, and Stabilization Strategies (html)

New Realities and the Need for Leadership in Transportation Planning (html)

TDR-Less TDR Revisited: Transfer of Development Rights Innovations and Gunnison County's Residential Density Transfer Program (html)

Climate Action Plans: Lessons Learned from Irvine, California (html)

ARS: An Innovative Public Engagement Tool (html)