PAS QuickNotes (QN) are plain-English briefing papers that explain planning basics for public officials and engaged citizens. Each QN offers a concise overview of a timely planning topic, plus links to more resources for further reading. APA members and PAS subscribers have access to all PAS QuickNotes in the QN Archive.

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Planning and Fair Housing

PAS QuickNotes No. 66

The concept of "fair housing" in the United States is rooted in the federal Fair Housing Act. This law prohibits discrimination in the selling, renting, ad financing of housing. It also requires state and local governments to take actions to promote diverse, inclusive communities. While the Fair Housing Act does not preempt local planning or zoning, some common land-use planning and zoning techniques are incompatible with fair housing goals. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes provides an overview of local obligations under federal law and highlights three specific strategies for expanding fair housing access through local land-use policy.

Ecosystem Services

PAS QuickNotes No. 65

Ecosystems provide a range of benefits, or ecosystem services, to human populations. These include clean air and water, carbon sequestration, and flood control, among many others. However, because ecosystem services have traditionally been considered as public goods, these critical services are often undervalued in public decision making processes. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes offers a primer on the benefits natural systems provide to humans and explains how an awareness of ecosystem services can improve decision making related to community growth and change.

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