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    APA Planning Advisory Service - can you subscribe to the reports without the service?

    I think I work for the only planning agency tin the United States that does not get the monthly PAS reports. My understanding, though, is that to get the PAS reports, which IMHO are excellent, you have to subscribe to the service -- and it's quite expoensive. Even though we're a small agency, the fee is based on the population of the jurisdiction, which for us is 240,000. That means fees are $795 a year. That's a ton of money to spend for 12 reports a year, especially considering the proliferation of "Look at how local government bureaucrats waste your money" gotcha-style news broadcasts around here.

    So, does the APA have a subscription service where you can get the reports, but not the service?

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    It is a ton of money Dan, money which I think I can better spend. I will be letting my service lapse. It has not been worth it to me. I can generally find the same types of information contained in the reports after a quick google search (which is what the service will do for you if you call with a question). If I want a particular report, I can find a copy elsewhere or purchase it seperately from the numerous solicitations (junk mail) I get from APA.

    I do not know if you can purchase a subscription seperately, but you should be able to purchase the reports you want or need (I do not know if landslide hazards for example are a problem where you are) at a later time. IMHO, the service is not worth the cost.

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    I think I work for the only planning agency tin the United States that does not get the monthly PAS reports.
    Don't feel alone, same here.

    I agree with Memphis about the cost/benefit.
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    Never been a subscriber....way too expensive. We order reports individually as we see the need.
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    We don't subscribe either. In fact, I've never worked in a place that subscribed. Only purchased the issues that looked useful.
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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake
    We don't subscribe either. In fact, I've never worked in a place that subscribed. Only purchased the issues that looked useful.
    Same here. It seems that only a couple of them each year are truly useful, so why spend $500 on the subscription when you can buy the ones you need each year for $40 a pop and use google for the rest?

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    I'm going to chime in the rest. The places I've worked has always found to too expensive and not worth what you get out of it.
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    Consider speaking to your local University library about borrowing privileges for their PAS reports? No doubt there will be some fee but nothing as large as $795.

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