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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Coping with Downtown Noise

PAS QuickNotes No. 70

Successful downtowns typically include a diverse mix of uses. While residences have long been part of this use mix, the number of downtown residences is on the rise in many communities. This influx of new residents often creates greater interest in noisier nighttime uses, such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and theaters, and heightens the potential for noise-related conflicts among users. This edition of PAS QuickNotes highlights promising tactics for mitigating noise-related conflicts in mixed use areas.

The Wildland-Urban Interface

PAS QuickNotes No. 69

The wildland-urban interface (WUI) is the area where human development borders or intermingles with forestland or other wildlands. Over the past several decades, the pace of development in the WUI has accelerated. Development in the WUI increases wildfire risk and complicates wildfire management. This edition of PAS QuickNotes describes how planning, development regulations, and public education can help mitigate wildfire risk in the WUI.

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