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Welcome to the online public display of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Draft County Development Plan, 2022-2028.

Virtual Display Room

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.

You are now invited to view and have your say on the Draft County Development Plan. Formal submissions / observation to the Draft Plan should be made in writing via our on-line consultation hub.

Have Your Say

A physical display will be provided in the Ferry Terminal Building in Dún Laoghaire for not less than 10 weeks commencing February 1st 2021.  Please continue to check our website for further details on the physical display and upcoming opportunities for you to contact the planning team.

Public Display

The Draft Plan is on public display online from January 12th, 2021 to April 16th  inclusive, 2021. The Draft County Development Plan, 2022-2028 includes:

  • the Written Statement (set out in individual chapters)
  • 17 no. Appendices (set out in 4 no. books)
  • 14 no. Land Use Zone Maps
  • 14 no. Flood Zone Maps
  • 4 no. Supplementary Maps
  • 3 no. Environmental Reports
  • a supplementary booklet to Appendix 4 containing Character Appraisals for 5 no. proposed Architectural Conservation areas

These can be viewed and downloaded below.

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

Interactive Web Map

Next Steps:

During a 12 week period immediately following the public display period, the Executive will prepare a Chief Executive’s Report on all submissions / observations received. Please see enclosed table which sets out the plan making process and the stage we are at now.

Draft County Development Plan 2022-2028 - Documents and Maps

Draft County Development Plan 2022- 2028 - Written Statement

Draft County Development Pan 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 will commence on the 1st February, 2021 for a period of 10 weeks (details of this will be published online in due course).

Yes – all Draft Plan documents are provided on our webpage as downloadable PDFs. These are located at the bottom of the webpage.

The Draft Plan will be available to view in person from 1st February 2021 and will be by appointment only. Specific details with regard to viewing the Draft Plan in person will be published on our website and in the press in due course.

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


Books: €100
Additional cost for maps, as required:
€20 for a set of 1 Land use map, 1 Flood Map & 4 Supplementary Maps.
€280 for the full set of maps which includes Land Use Maps 1-14, Flood maps 1-14 and 4 Supplementary Maps.

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.

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.

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.

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.