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Planner's Advisory Service Reports from the American Planning Association

  • Aesthetics, Community Character, and the Law
  • Community Indicators
  • Crossroads Hamlet Village Town
  • E-Government
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Regulating Sex Businesses
  • Jobs-Housing Balance
  • Nonpoint Source Pollution
  • Planning and Zoning for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
  • Regional Approaches to Affordable Housing Smart Growth  


  • Transportation Planning Handbook
  • Urban Transportation Systems
  • Environmental Law Handbook
  • Land Use Regulation (2nd ed.) -
    subtitled: A Legal Analysis and Practical Application of Land Use Law
  • Economic Development for Small Towns (DVD)
  • Practice of Local Government Planning
  • Small Town Planning Handbook  

Planning Series Documents

  • #1 Local Land Use Controls In Pennsylvania
  • #2 The Planning Commission
  • #3 The Comprehensive Plan
  • #4 Zoning
  • #5 Technical Information on Flood Plain Management
  • #6 The Zoning Hearing Board
  • #7 Special Exemptions, Conditional Uses and Variances
  • #8 Subdivision and Land Development
  • #9 The Zoning Officer
  • #10 Reducing Land Use Barriers to Affordable Housing
  • Growing Smarter Toolkit
  • Municipalities Planning Code


with detailed descriptions

Aesthetics, Community Character, and the Law (PAS 489/490)

Authors: Christopher J. Duerksen and R. Matthew Goebel

Publisher: APA Planning Advisory Service

Year Published: 2000

Number of Pages: 154

ISBN: 1-884829-34-1

Today's planners use myriad tools and techniques to identify and protect what is special about their communities—historic preservation ordinances, improved sign controls, computerized viewshed protection regulations, tree-planting and landscaping requirements, cell tower controls, and more. As the level of preservation activity has increased dramatically, so has the number of court cases challenging aesthetic-based regulation.

This report, an extensively updated and revised edition of PAS Report 399, will help land-use planners and citizens understand the law of aesthetics and the legal tools available to help their communities maintain their special features and sense of place.  It covers design review, view protection, tree protection, sign controls, and telecommunications facilities, including major updates based on recent developments in the law and in planning practice. 

This report is cosponsored by Scenic America. Scenic America is a national nonprofit organization which works to preserve natural beauty and distinctive community character. It has helped citizens and public officials in communities nationwide protect their scenic heritage. For more information, contact their web site at

Community Indicators (PAS 517)

Author: Rhonda Phillips

Publisher: APA Planning Advisory Service

Year Published: 2004

Number of Pages: 46

ISBN: 1-884829-92-9

Community indicators help planners evaluate and monitor the full range of factors—social, environmental, economic, and more—that affect the well-being of a community or region. This report reviews the use of indicators in planning practice and explores their relationship to citizen participation, quality of life, and sustainability. It summarizes the types and scale of indicators and describes how to identify, select, and develop indicators that are appropriate for a particular community. Rural and urban examples show how planners have used indicators in their practice. Includes an annotated list of resources and web links.

Crossroads Hamlet Village Town (PAS 523/524)

Author: Randall G. Arendt

Publisher: APA Planning Advisory Service

Year Published: 2004

Number of Pages: 142

ISBN: 1-884829-96-1

The first edition of this best-selling report by Randall Arendt, published by PAS in 1999, broke new ground by offering specific design guidance to planners, developers, and others involved in laying out, regulating, and reviewing proposals for “traditional neighborhoods”—new villages, hamlets, and subdivisions that are an exciting, greener subset of conservation design.

Like the first edition, this extensively and beautifully illustrated report addresses many particulars of residential site design and the use of open space, parks, squares, greenways, and greenbelts. It provides detailed and tested development guidelines for the broad area of development concerns that exists between “macro” (i.e. zoning) and “micro” (i.e. window placement) issues.

What’s new in the revised edition? The ordinance and subdivision regulations in Part 3 have been fully revised to make them easier to implement. In addition, the accompanying CD-ROM has illustrations directly tied to the provisions of the regulations. The author's voice-over on the CD-ROM, which provides a running commentary on the regulations, adds a level of explanation that is a valuable enhancement to the report.

E-Government (PAS 525)

Authors: Maria Manta Conroy and Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Publisher: APA Planning Advisory Service

Year Published: 2004

Number of Pages: 41

ISBN: 1-884829-99-6

Planners seeking to provide more efficient and cost-effective ways to provide public service will find PAS Report 525, E-Government, by Jennifer Cowley, AICP, and Maria Manta Conroy, a useful guide to how many cities are using the Internet to achieve that goal. The report examines the range of citizen participation tools and products used by cities and, in particular, planning departments to streamline tasks (e.g., permitting), to provide in-depth information on plans, projects, and visioning exercises, and to make sites accessible to persons with developmental disabilities, as is required by the American with Disabilities Act.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Regulating Sex Businesses (PAS 495/496)

Authors: Connie B. Cooper and Eric Damian Kelly

Publisher: APA Planning Advisory Service

Year Published: 2001

Number of Pages: 161

ISBN: 1-884829-48-1

Sex is big business, and the Internet is making it bigger. This report is a practical guide to the regulation of lawful sex businesses and businesses handling significant quantities of sexually oriented materials. Such businesses include: adult cabarets and other establishments with sexually oriented live entertainment; adult movie theaters; adult book stores; adult video stores; sex shops; peep shows, often called video arcades; mainstream video stores with back rooms with sexually oriented material; newsstands with back rooms of sexually oriented materials; and more.

The report examines what constitutes a lawful sex business; First Amendment issues related to the regulation of sexually oriented businesses; land-use issues and adult uses; and operating issues related to sex businesses. Finally, the report suggests ways to structure an effective regulatory program, providing a checklist so that local communities can build an ordinance to suit their particular circumstances.

Jobs-Housing Balance (PAS 516)

Author: Jerry Weitz

Publisher: APA Planning Advisory Service

Year Published: 2003

Number of Pages: 41

ISBN: 1-884829-87-2

Jobs-Housing Balance, Planning Advisory Service Report No. 516, by Jerry Weitz, AICP, examines a controversial concept. Some have argued that the market is the mechanism that will achieve such balance. Weitz, in his research of four types of jobs-housing imbalance, concludes that, in fact, the market has failed to achieve balance in three of the four jobs-housing balance scenarios he lays out. He provides a number of case studies to support his findings, including one from King County, Washington, showing that increases in housing costs are more gradual in areas with a jobs-housing balance. This report counters the skeptics and points to those actions planners can take to help bring appropriate housing, jobs, and workforces together, resulting in overall community improvements.

Nonpoint Source Pollution (PAS 476)

Authors: Sanjay Jeer, Megan Lewis, Stuart Meck, Jon Witten, and Michelle Zimet

Publisher: APA Planning Advisory Service

Year Published: 1997

Number of Pages: 126

ISBN: 1-884829-17-1

Freshwater is one of our nation's most precious resources. Not only do we drink it, but we water food with it and use it for recreation. However, it is being threatened by nonpoint source pollution. Nonpoint source pollution is caused by water collecting pollutants on or in the ground as it migrates to lakes, rivers, or aquifers. In the worst case, the water becomes completely unusable.

The authors begin by explaining the hydrologic cycle in minute detail. Because it is difficult to understand the paths of pollution without first understanding the paths of water, figures assure that the reader understands the termonology and concepts behind the science. The authors describe different ways water may become contaminated. They explain the consequences and characteristics of different types of pollution.

The report presents four case studies of cities that confronted their pollution problems. Each study illustrates the success that awaits cities and towns that embrace pollution control.

A small glossary and ordinance language complete the book. It's filled with figures and photos. The material is accessible to all interested citizens, not just planners or scientists.

Planning and Zoning for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (PAS 482)

Author: Jim Schwab

Publisher: APA Planning Advisory

Year Published: 1999

Number of Pages: 72

ISBN: 1-884829-26-0

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have generated more land-use controversy than most rural areas have seen in decades. They often locate in communities that lack the planning and zoning tools to deal with their impacts. Matters are often complicated by state laws limiting local zoning authority over agriculture.

This report examines the regulatory options open to rural communities, the practical challenges of acquiring needed expertise to evaluate proposed uses, and the environmental and social impacts that can be expected from this industry. It offers regulatory alternatives for local communities based on the realities of their own legal and enforcement capacities.

Regional Approaches to Affordable Housing (PAS 513/514)

Authors:  Stuart Meck, Rebecca Retzlaff, and Jim Schwab

Publisher:  APA Planning Advisory Service

Year Published: 2003

ISBN: 1-884829-84-8

Do regional approaches to affordable housing actually result in housing production and, if so, how? Regional Approaches to Affordable Housing answers these critical questions and more. Evaluating 23 programs across the nation, the report begins by tracing the history of regional housing planning in the U.S. and defining contemporary "big picture" issues on housing affordability. It examines fair-share regional housing planning in three states and one metropolitan area, and follows with an appraisal of regional housing trust funds-a new phenomenon. Also assessed are an incentive program in the Twin Cities region and affordable housing appeals statutes in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The study looks at recent private-sector initiatives to promote affordable housing production in the San Francisco Bay area and Chicago. A concluding chapter proposes a set of best and second-best practices. Supplementing the report are appendices containing an extensive annotated bibliography, a research note on housing need forecasting and fair-share allocation formulas, a complete list of state enabling legislation authorizing local housing planning, and two model state acts.

Smart Growth Audits (PAS 512)

Authors:  Leora Waldner and Jerry Weitz

Publisher:  APA Planning Advisory Service

Year Published: 2003

Number of Pages: 55

ISBN: 1-884829-83-X

Jerry Weitz AICP and Leora Waldner, a consultant from Alpharetta, Georgia, look at how a local government can examine the "genetic codes" of its planning--the regulations and plans that govern development--to answer whether those codes are programmed to facilitate sprawl or smart growth. This report describes the concept of a smart growth audit and provides methods to implement one in your community. Examples from a state (Illinois), regions(Indiana, Puget Sound and metropolitan Atlanta) are included, but the focus is on how to do an audit at the local level, using case studies of the audits in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County and Durham, North Carolina, and Brookings, Oregon. A range of possible audits are described from a very basic audit to a very comprehensive audit, for which a checklist is included.

Transportation Planning Handbook

Author:  John D. Edwards, Jr.

Publisher:  Institute of Transportation Engineers

Year Published:  1999, 2nd ed.

Number of Pages:  865

ISBN:  0-935403-33-7

A transportation planning reference that highlights basic day-to-day guidelines and proven techniques. This edition expands its coverage of all modes of transportation as well as emerging new technologies that affect transportation. In addition to subjects previously covered and expanded here. this edition has new chapters on goods movements, transportation models, traffic calming, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. An essential volume in every agency library.

Urban Transportation Systems

Author:  Sigurd Grava

Publisher:  McGraw-Hill

Year Published:  2003

Number of Pages:  840

ISBN:  0-07-138417-0

Urban Transportation Systems offers a comprehensive, balanced look at all possible transportation options-from bicycles and cars to subways and boats-and explains how to analyze alternatives and select the optimal system for a given community. Written by an urban transportation expert, this richly illustrated guide provides workable solutions based on such real-world variables as consumer travel behavior and preferences even as it tackles persistent problems like sprawl, traffic flow, and accessibility. An invaluable resource for all planners, urban designers, and engineers who deal with today's complex transportation issues.

Environmental Law Handbook

Publisher:  ABS Consulting

Year Published:  2003

ISBN:  0-86587-955-9

This is a "must have" reference for all planners who work with today's increasingly complex, constantly changing environmental regulations. Written in layman's terms by top legal experts, it offers specific case citations and straightforward explanations of the latest environmental laws and regulations. Topics covered in this edition include new legal tools and instruments used in legislative actions and judicial rulings; priorities and enforcement directives of the Bush Administration's Clear Skies Initiative; possible amendments to the Clean Air Act; the EPA's new effluent guidelines and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) ruling; and the impact of the Superfund Recycling Equity Act.

Land Use Regulation, 2nd Edition: A Legal Analysis and Practical Application of Land Use Law

Authors:  Peter W. Salsich, Jr. and Timothy J. Tryniechi

American Bar Association

Year Published:  2003

Number of Pages:  458

ISBN:  1-59031-228-7

A general outline of land-use law for practicing attorneys and municipal officials, Land Use Regulation provides legal analysis and practical applications. The second edition includes trends such as the growing disposition of municipalities to act as private businesses and the increased involvement of nonprofit groups in land-use issues. It also takes into account the new statutes and court decisions that have affected land-use law since the first edition was published in 1998.

With nearly 300 land-use cases being decided at the state level every year, the debate about land use continues to affect planning professionals and officials across the country. This text addresses the flurry of activity surrounding regulatory takings, adult uses, nonconforming uses, telecommunications tower siting, vested rights, urban sprawl and growth management, environmental regulation, agricultural uses, intergovernmental conflicts, religious uses, and federal land use law and civil rights remedies. Examples are drawn from communities around the country to highlight areas of particular importance.

The book is a high-level review of major concepts in land use law, bringing together all applicable land-use doctrines in a succinct, easy-to-use format. Organized by areas likely to be encountered in a typical practice, this current treatment of land use law includes practice tips and insights concerning the operation of land-use regulatory systems. Nonadversarial techniques such as mediation are discussed.

Practice of Local Government Planning

Authors:  Linda C. Dalton, Charles Hoch, and Frank S. So

Publisher:  International City/County Management Association

Year Published:  2000, 3rd edition

Number of Pages:  496

ISBN:  0-87326-171-2

This new "green book" reflects both commitment to established tradition and the recognition of vast change. It examines key planning functions and activities from a management perspective. In it readers will find all the planning essentials: land use, transportation, housing, development planning, economic development, and urban design. An entirely new section addresses planning analysis in three crucial areas: population, the economy, and the environment. Other new chapters cover planning in an information age, environmental policy, growth management, and community development. Each addition is designed to assist the planners of today – and tomorrow – to keep up with the demands of their changing roles.