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      What is a Development Plan?

      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.

      Where can I view the Draft Plan?

      The Draft Plan can be viewed in full on our webpage, our virtual room, and by appointment at the planning counter in County Hall.

      Can I download documents?

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

      Each Volume of the Chief Executive’s Report is provided on our webpage as a downloadable PDF.

      Where Can I view the Material Amendments to the Draft Plan?

      All proposed amendments and associated environmental reports are available to view online and are also available for public inspection from 11th November 2021 to 17th January 2022 inclusive, at the following locations (subject to public health guidelines):
      • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire (Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm,)
      • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Dundrum Offices, Dundrum (Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm).

      Will the Development Plan tell me what is happening in my area?

      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.

      I’m not sure which map is relevant to my area, is there another way to find out what land use objectives are relevant to me?

      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.

      Will my submission be published for others to see?

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

      Why is my property being added to the Record of Protected Structures (RPS)?

      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.

      I have received a letter in error – who should I contact?

      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.

      I don’t agree or I think an amendment is required, can I do anything about the addition of my property / structure to the RPS?

      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.

      Why was my property not added to the RPS previously?

      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.

      What is an Architectural Conservation Area (ACA)?

      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.

      Not all Candidate Architectural Conservation Areas are proposed to be designated as part of the Draft Plan – Why?

      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.

      Can changes be made to the boundary of a proposed ACA?

      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.

      If my query isn’t listed here, who should I contact?

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

      DISCLAIMER

      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.

      Can I get a hard copy of the Plan?

      The complete Draft Plan is available to purchase by contacting Clare Egan or Lisa Cairns E:devplan@dlrcoco.ie T: 01 2054700

      Cost:

      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).

      My property appears to be within a flood zone – why is this?

      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.

      The interactive map isn’t working properly – what can I do?

      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 devplan@dlrcoco.ie with details of the issue.

      How do I find the response to my submission in the Chief Executive’s Report?

      In order to navigate the Chief Executive’s Report, it is recommended that you first open Volume II to locate your submission number (B0001-B1263). This can be done by searching for your name or organisation using ‘Ctrl’ & ‘F’ on your keyboard, or by using the search function in your PDF software.

      All submissions are summarised in Volume II and submission numbers are hyperlinked to view the submission, including any attachments, as received by the Planning Authority (Note: some details may have been redacted before publishing online).

      Under each submission summary, the location of where the issues raised are located in Volume I is stated, i.e. Chapters 1-15, Appendix 1-17, Land Use Mapping, Miscellaneous, or, it may state that no issue was raised.

      Issues raised are summarised and the Chief Executive’s response and recommendations are set out in Volume I under the relevant Chapter heading of the Draft Plan. Where more than one submission / observation raised the same issue, these are grouped together, and all submission numbers are listed along side the summary of the issue.

      The quickest way to find where your issue is located in Volume I, search using your submission number using ‘Ctrl’ & ‘F’ on your keyboard, or by using the search function in your PDF software.

      Where can I view the Chief Executive’s Report?

      The Chief Executive’s Report can be viewed in full on our webpage and by appointment at the planning counter in County Hall.

      Why is the Draft Plan being amended?

      During the Special Development Plan Council meetings on 12th, 13th, 14th,18th 19th, 20th and 21st of October 2021, the Elected Members, by way of resolution, agreed to amend the Draft Development Plan.
      The proposed amendments, or material alterations, resulted from:
      • A recommendation in the Chief Executive’s Report on Draft Plan Consultation,
      • A motion proposed by an Elected Member, and/or
      • A combination of the above.

      Will there be someone available to answer queries during the public consultation?

      Members of the planning team will be available to answer queries at the following times / locations (subject to public health guidelines):

      • Tuesday 16th November, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire.
      • Thursday 25th November, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Dundrum Civic Offices.
      • Tuesday 30th November, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Dundrum Civic Office.
      • Wednesday 8th December, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire.
      • Thursday 16th December, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire.
      • Tuesday 11th January 2022, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Dundrum Civic Office.

      For queries outside of these times, please contact E:  devplan@dlrcoco.ie / T: 01 2054700.

      Why has the Marlborough Road ACA been extended?

      During the Special County Development Plan meetings in October 2021, the Elected Members agreed to extend the boundary of the Marlborough Road ACA to include the Adelaide Road area.

      When will the new plan be adopted and come into force?

      It is anticipated that he proposed Amendments to the Draft Plan will be considered by the Elected Members at council meetings in  March 2022.

      Upon the conclusion of these meetings, the new County Development Plan 2022-2028 will be made / adopted, with or without, amendments.

      The new plan will then come into force 6 weeks after the date that the plan is adopted – this will likely occur in mid-late April 2022. 

       

      When will planning applications be assessed under the new Plan?

      Proposed development (planning applications) will be assessed upon the provisions of the development plan in force at the time of making a decision in accordance with Section 34(2)(a) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), which states:

      “(2) (a) When making its decision in relation to an application under this section,
      the planning authority shall be restricted to considering the proper planning
      and sustainable development of the area, regard being had to—
      (i)   the provisions of the development plan, …”

      In this regard, if a decision is due after the new plan coming into force (i.e. 6 weeks after the plan is made/adopted by the elected members),  the application will be assessed having regard to the policy objectives of the new plan.

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County Development Plan

What is a Development Plan?

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.

Where can I view the Draft Plan?

The Draft Plan can be viewed in full on our webpage, our virtual room, and by appointment at the planning counter in County Hall.

Can I download documents?

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

Each Volume of the Chief Executive’s Report is provided on our webpage as a downloadable PDF.

Where Can I view the Material Amendments to the Draft Plan?

All proposed amendments and associated environmental reports are available to view online and are also available for public inspection from 11th November 2021 to 17th January 2022 inclusive, at the following locations (subject to public health guidelines):
• Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire (Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm,)
• Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Dundrum Offices, Dundrum (Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm).

Will the Development Plan tell me what is happening in my area?

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.

I’m not sure which map is relevant to my area, is there another way to find out what land use objectives are relevant to me?

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.

Will my submission be published for others to see?

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

Why is my property being added to the Record of Protected Structures (RPS)?

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.

I have received a letter in error – who should I contact?

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.

I don’t agree or I think an amendment is required, can I do anything about the addition of my property / structure to the RPS?

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.

Why was my property not added to the RPS previously?

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.

What is an Architectural Conservation Area (ACA)?

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.

Not all Candidate Architectural Conservation Areas are proposed to be designated as part of the Draft Plan – Why?

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.

Can changes be made to the boundary of a proposed ACA?

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.

If my query isn’t listed here, who should I contact?

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

DISCLAIMER

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.

Can I get a hard copy of the Plan?

The complete Draft Plan is available to purchase by contacting Clare Egan or Lisa Cairns E:devplan@dlrcoco.ie T: 01 2054700

Cost:

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).

My property appears to be within a flood zone – why is this?

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.

The interactive map isn’t working properly – what can I do?

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 devplan@dlrcoco.ie with details of the issue.

How do I find the response to my submission in the Chief Executive’s Report?

In order to navigate the Chief Executive’s Report, it is recommended that you first open Volume II to locate your submission number (B0001-B1263). This can be done by searching for your name or organisation using ‘Ctrl’ & ‘F’ on your keyboard, or by using the search function in your PDF software.

All submissions are summarised in Volume II and submission numbers are hyperlinked to view the submission, including any attachments, as received by the Planning Authority (Note: some details may have been redacted before publishing online).

Under each submission summary, the location of where the issues raised are located in Volume I is stated, i.e. Chapters 1-15, Appendix 1-17, Land Use Mapping, Miscellaneous, or, it may state that no issue was raised.

Issues raised are summarised and the Chief Executive’s response and recommendations are set out in Volume I under the relevant Chapter heading of the Draft Plan. Where more than one submission / observation raised the same issue, these are grouped together, and all submission numbers are listed along side the summary of the issue.

The quickest way to find where your issue is located in Volume I, search using your submission number using ‘Ctrl’ & ‘F’ on your keyboard, or by using the search function in your PDF software.

Where can I view the Chief Executive’s Report?

The Chief Executive’s Report can be viewed in full on our webpage and by appointment at the planning counter in County Hall.

Why is the Draft Plan being amended?

During the Special Development Plan Council meetings on 12th, 13th, 14th,18th 19th, 20th and 21st of October 2021, the Elected Members, by way of resolution, agreed to amend the Draft Development Plan.
The proposed amendments, or material alterations, resulted from:
• A recommendation in the Chief Executive’s Report on Draft Plan Consultation,
• A motion proposed by an Elected Member, and/or
• A combination of the above.

Will there be someone available to answer queries during the public consultation?

Members of the planning team will be available to answer queries at the following times / locations (subject to public health guidelines):

  • Tuesday 16th November, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire.
  • Thursday 25th November, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Dundrum Civic Offices.
  • Tuesday 30th November, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Dundrum Civic Office.
  • Wednesday 8th December, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire.
  • Thursday 16th December, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire.
  • Tuesday 11th January 2022, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Dundrum Civic Office.

For queries outside of these times, please contact E:  devplan@dlrcoco.ie / T: 01 2054700.

Why has the Marlborough Road ACA been extended?

During the Special County Development Plan meetings in October 2021, the Elected Members agreed to extend the boundary of the Marlborough Road ACA to include the Adelaide Road area.

When will the new plan be adopted and come into force?

It is anticipated that he proposed Amendments to the Draft Plan will be considered by the Elected Members at council meetings in  March 2022.

Upon the conclusion of these meetings, the new County Development Plan 2022-2028 will be made / adopted, with or without, amendments.

The new plan will then come into force 6 weeks after the date that the plan is adopted – this will likely occur in mid-late April 2022. 

 

When will planning applications be assessed under the new Plan?

Proposed development (planning applications) will be assessed upon the provisions of the development plan in force at the time of making a decision in accordance with Section 34(2)(a) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), which states:

“(2) (a) When making its decision in relation to an application under this section,
the planning authority shall be restricted to considering the proper planning
and sustainable development of the area, regard being had to—
(i)   the provisions of the development plan, …”

In this regard, if a decision is due after the new plan coming into force (i.e. 6 weeks after the plan is made/adopted by the elected members),  the application will be assessed having regard to the policy objectives of the new plan.

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