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Welcome to the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Draft County Development Plan, 2022-2028 webpage.

A Chief Executive’s Draft Plan was circulated to members in October 2020.  This was considered and amended by the 40 elected members at a series of Special County Development Plan meetings.  At a meeting held on the 18th December it was deemed to be the Draft Plan.

Public Involvement

The Draft Plan was placed on public display online from January 12th, 2021 and in the Ferry Terminal, Dún Laoghaire Harbour from February 1st, 2021. This public consultation period ended on Friday 16th April, 2021.

View Submissions

Although our public consultation period has now ended, there is still an opportunity for our younger residents to get involved through our County Development Plan Art Competition to design the Cover for two of our Chapters, 'Climate Action' and 'Neighbourhood , People Home and Place'.

Find out more about how to enter and the prizes that can be to be won HERE

Can I Still See the Draft Plan?

The Draft Plan documents are still available to view in our interactive room HERE and can be downloaded under the banners below.

A supplementary interactive webmap has also been prepared and can be viewed here


Next Steps:

The Executive are now preparing a Chief Executive’s report on all submissions / observations received. This report will be circulated to the Elected Members early summer 2021 for their consideration in the autumn. Please see enclosed table which sets out the plan making process and the stage we are at now.

Upon considering the Chief Executive’s report, the Elected Member may amend the Draft Plan. Material amendments to the Draft Plan will be put on public display later in the year when you, the public, will be invited to make submissions / observations on these amendments.

Draft County Development Plan 2022-2028 - Documents and Maps

Draft County Development Plan 2022- 2028 - Written Statement

Draft County Development Plan 2022-2028 - Appendices

Environmental Reports

Land Use Zoning Maps

Flood Zone Maps

Supplementary Maps

Pre - Draft Stage


In simple terms, a Development Plan is a spatial plan that guides the future development of a County for a six-year period through a suite of policy objectives, land use zoning objectives and development management guidance.
A Development Plan must ensure that there is enough land zoned in the County to meet our housing requirements which are set at a regional level. Chapter 1 of the Draft Plan sets out more detail in relation to the legislative context and structure of the Draft Plan.
Section 10 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended) sets out the statutory content of a Development Plan – these requirements are summarised in Appendix A of the pre-draft ‘Have Your Say’ document.

The Draft Plan can be viewed in full on our webpage, our virtual room, and a physical public display commenced on the 1st February, 2021 for a period of 10 weeks (further details are contained in the next FAQ).

The Draft Plan is available to view from Monday 1st February 2021 to Friday 16th April 2021, in the Ferry Terminal, Dún Laoghaire Harbour, strictly by appointment only, between 11am and 3pm, Monday – Friday.
To make an appointment to view the plan, please email or phone 01-2713150.

A person is currently permitted to travel more than 5 km to attend the offices of a planning authority to participate in a Development Plan process (Health Act 1947 (Section 31a - Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No. 8) Regulations 2020).
Notwithstanding the above, given the current Public Health guidance, we would strongly encourage the use of our online resources to view the Draft Plan. The Draft Plan is also available to purchase.
Note - Appointments are offered subject to the following:
• No more than 2 people may attend at any one appointment.
• Appointments are offered in 1-hour slots only.
• Wearing of face coverings are mandatory inside the building.
• Visitors must sanitise their hands upon entering the building, and possibly, prior to and after handling documents .
• Stationery and Pens will not be provided, all visitors must bring their own materials.
Attendees are requested:
• To Abide by the public health guidance in effect and that ‘At Risk’ / ‘At Very High Risk’. individuals should review the particular guidance as it applies to them. All visitors to the display shall wear a face mask for the duration of their visit.
• Not visit to venue if they (or the other member of their visiting party) are
o ill,
o displaying symptoms or
o awaiting test results for a Covid-related illness.
o have recently entered or returned to the country and are isolating in line with public health travel arrangements.
o a close contact of someone who has Covid, or a close contact of someone who is waiting for a Covid test result.

Yes – all Draft Plan documents are provided on our webpage and in the consultation hub as downloadable PDFs.

These are located at the bottom of the webpage as individual documents with the Written Statement split into separate chapters. A combined version of the Written Statement can be downloaded from the bottom of the consultation page.

The complete Draft Plan is available to purchase by contacting Clare Egan or Lisa Cairns T: 01 2054700


Written Statement €20.00
Appendices 1 – 14  €20.00
Appendix 15- Green Infrastructure Strategy  €15.00
Appendix 16 – Strategic Flood Risk Assessment   €5.00
Appendix 17 – Sandyford UFP  €5.00
SEA Environmental report €13.00
Natura Impact Report i €5.00
ACA Appraisals €10.00
SEA Non-technical summary document €4.00
Full Set €97.00

Additional cost for maps. as required: 

€20 for a set of 1 Land Use Zoning Map, 1 Flood Map and 4 Supplementary Maps.

€280 for the full set of Maps which includes Land Use Zoning Maps 1-14, Flood Maps 1-14 and 4 Supplementary Maps.

(Prices exclude delivery).

Planning legislation requires a Draft Plan to be put on display.
Section 12(2)(a) of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended) requires a Draft Plan to be available for inspection at a place or places for not less than 10 weeks.
In addition to the requirements of the Act, it is recognized that not everyone has access to the internet or can operate online resources.

A Development Plan sets out the land use zoning objectives for an area.
The land use zoning objectives for the County are set out over a series of 14 maps and certain uses which may be permitted in principle or open for consideration within each land use zone is set out Chapter 13 of the Draft Plan.
Proposed development within an area occurs when a developer (public or private), or an individual, proposes and obtains the relevant planning permission. This ‘development management’ process is separate to the Development Plan making process. Proposed development is required to accord with the provisions of a Development Plan.

Yes – our interactive map has an address search function.  To zoom into your desired location, simply enter your address or Eircode, in the ‘find’ bar located at top left of the map.
If you want to download the map relevant to your area, the easiest way to find the correct map is to visit the map area in our virtual room where a map index shows all map numbers and the areas they cover.

The interactive map may not function properly for a number of reasons, often a simple refresh of the page will reload it without issue. Some other suggestions that may remedy your issue include:
• The interactive map works best and should be opened on one of the following web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Edge.
• Please ensure that you have accepted the terms and conditions by ticking the box upon opening the map.
• Some layers will not load until you zoom into an area.
• The mapping service provider esri may be carrying out essential updates – this is usually a very limited time only and the map may load successfully again in 10-15 minutes time.

Land use mapping for the entire county is available to download as separate PDF documents from our webpage.
In the event that you continue to have difficulty accessing the interactive map, please contact us with details of the issue.

Anyone or any group.

All submissions / observations must be made in writing. We would encourage you to make a submission via our online consultation hub. For more details on how to make a submission, please click here.

Yes. Every submission will be published, in full, online here.

The Draft Plan is currently in its Public Consultation phase which must run for a minimum of 10 weeks.  We will be accepting submissions/observations on the Draft Plan up to and including Friday 16th April 2021. 
A Chief Executive’s Report on all submissions received must then be prepared within 22 weeks of when the display period commenced.  Once completed, this report is issued to the elected members who then have a further 12 weeks to consider the report and its recommendations. 
At this point the elected members may make further amendments to the Plan or may adopt the Plan.
If further material amendments are made there is another shorter round of public consultation for 4 weeks when the public and interested parties would again have an opportunity to make a submission.

All owners / occupiers of properties or structures being added to or deleted from the Record of Protected Structures (RPS) in the Draft Plan are legally required to be notified.
All properties located within a proposed Architectural Conservation Area (ACA) have been issued with a letter and a brief information leaflet.
Both the Record of Protected Structures and list of proposed Architectural Conservation Areas are set out in Appendix 4 of the Draft Plan. Additions to the RPS are in bold text.

Your property / structure has been recommended for inclusion onto the Record of Protected Structures “in order to protect a structure, or part of a structure, of special architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical interest” (Section 54 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, as amended).
A letter issued to owners/occupiers of properties added to the RPS in the Draft Plan states whether the recommendation was made by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage or by the Planning Authority.

Properties / structures recommended for addition by the Minister resulted from surveys carried out for part of the County. More specific details for a particular structure can be found in the surveys of the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage: here.

Properties / structures recommended for addition by the Planning Authority were the result of either - submissions received at pre-draft stage (see pre-draft CE Report for details), Motions from Elected Members (see Special Meetings from December 15-18th 2020), the property / structure was brought to our attention during the preparation of the current County Development Plan 2016-2022 or when dealing with planning applications since the adoption of the current Plan.
Further details with regard to Protected Structures can be found here on the Conservation section of our website.

If you have received a letter in relation to the addition of property / structure to the Record of Protected Structures in error, please advise the Planning Department as soon as possible using the contact details at the top of the letter.

If you do not agree with the addition of your property / structure to the RPS or if you think an amendment is required to the name / address / description of the structure or the extent of the structure on the land use maps, please make a submission on the Draft Plan. Please ensure to clearly identify the structure in question in your submission.
All submissions / observations received in relation to properties / structures recommended by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage will be sent to the Minister for their consideration.
Details on how to make a submission to the Draft Plan can be viewed here.

The surveys carried out by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage for part of the County were not fully completed prior to the adoption of the current County Development Plan 2016-2022.

An Architectural Conservation Area (ACA) is a place, area, group of structures or townscape that is of special architectural, historical, archaeological, technical, social, cultural, or scientific, interest, or that contributes to the appreciation of a Protected Structure. An ACA aims to identify and protect areas of special significance and promote an awareness of this significance.

Further details with regard to ACA’s in general can be found here on the Conservation section of our website.
Further details with regard to the ACA’s proposed to be designated as part of the Draft Plan can be found in Appendix 4 and the Character Appraisal documents that accompany the Draft Plan.

In order to designate an ACA, a Character Appraisal for the area must be completed. At the time of preparing the Draft County Development Plan 2022-2028, the Character Appraisal Reports for the 5 proposed ACA’s had been carried out.

If you consider that further adjustment to the boundary of a proposed ACA is required, please make a submission on the Draft Plan.
Details on how to make a submission to the Draft Plan can be viewed here.

Flood Zone Maps are maps of areas predicted to be at risk of flooding in the 1.0% annual exceedance probability (AEP) event (1 in 100 year - Flood Zone A) and the 0.1% AEP event (1 in 1000 year - Flood Zone B).
The Flood Zone Maps were produced as an output of the Eastern Catchment Flood Risk Assessment & Management (ECFRAMs) project (2010 -2017) and were subject to statutory consultation and approval during that period.

For specific flood risk considerations of an area, please refer to Section 5 of Appendix 16 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment of the Draft Plan.

In the event that your query has not been covered here, please contact Clare Egan or Lisa Cairns, E: / T: 01 2054700.

The list of FAQs do not purport to be a legal interpretation of the Planning and Development Act 2000, (as amedned) and are simply for information purposes.