Changes Coming to PAS in 2017

Starting January 1, all digital publications from PAS — APA’s flagship research brand — will be free to all APA members. This includes complete access to current and archived publications that historically have been available only by subscribing to PAS.

For current APA members, it’s a terrific new benefit. For some nonmembers, joining APA becomes a cost-effective option. For others, APA is introducing a new PAS subscription at one affordable rate.

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Four times a year, APA's Planning Advisory Service publishes a new PAS Report with guidance on current issues and innovative practices.

Subscribing organizations automatically receive each new PAS report as it is published. PAS subscribers can also download dozens of reports and purchase any printed report at a 50 percent discount.

Latest Report

Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas

 The latest PAS Report elaborates on new information and tools and outlines a series of planning and design principles related to subdivision design and flood hazard areas. The authors emphasizes the value of an integrated approach to planning for natural hazards by improving regulations and design.

PAS subscribers will receive the report in early October or can download it here.

Historic Reports

PAS published its first Information Report in 1949. To celebrate this history, each month we'll present a new report from the archives. We hope you enjoy these fascinating snapshots of planning issues of yesteryear.

Economic Analysis of Market Area for Shopping Centers

Information Report No. 44, November 1952

Performing an economic analysis of a shopping area is a challenging exercise with different methodologies put forth by different writers, statistics that may or may not be applicable, and references with varying degrees of usefulness. This month's historic PAS report pulls together the many criteria, standards, methods, and data sources used in 1952 to analyze market areas for shopping centers.

Become a PAS Report Author

We’re always looking for authors to write or update PAS Reports on a variety of planning topics. Visit the archive to see the list of all past reports. If you have an idea for a PAS Report, please contact Senior Editor Camille Fink at