Update: May 2020

Public Notice regarding the re-commencement of the review of the Kilkenny City & County Development Plan 2021-2027

Notice is hereby given that following suspension of the plan making process pursuant to Section 11(1)(b)(ii) of the Planning and Development Act, 2000-2019, it is the intention of Kilkenny County Council to, on the 11th of May 2020, re-commence the review process of both the existing Kilkenny County Development Plan 2014-2020 and the Kilkenny City and Environs Development Plan 2014-2020 and to prepare a single, consolidated County Development Plan for the period 2021-2027 to replace both the previous County and City and Environs Development Plans.

Update: September 2020

The preparation of the draft plan, and the associated environmental assessments, is well underway. Once completed, the Draft will be published for public comment in  the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020.  Information on the review to date and the plan’s progress is available on this website. To keep up to date with the review, please register your interest at https://consult.kilkenny.ie/.

The preparation of a new development plan shall be strategic in nature for the purposes of developing objectives and policies to deliver an overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the area of the development plan and the core strategy.

If you have any queries in relation to this process, please contact the Planning Department by phone at 056 7794010 or by email at ourplan@kilkennycoco.ie

Frequently Asked Questions – May 2020

  1. What stage is the Plan at?

Kilkenny County Council began the making of a new City & County Development plan in April 2018. The Planning section published an Issues Paper, submissions were invited, and we held a series of public consultation events.  Following the completion of that first public consultation phase, the Chief Executive’s Report on the pre-draft process was published in September 2018.

The process was suspended from the 23rd of November 2018, pending the making of the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for the Southern Region by the Regional Assembly.  The RSES was made on the 31st of January 2020, and the process was due to recommence no later than 13 weeks after the making of the RSES.

As a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, the Government made Orders from Sunday 29th March 2020, the effect of which was to extend the 13 week period for a further 8 weeks.

To ensure that Kilkenny City and County are primed for any emerging social and economic recovery, the Council are committing to continuing its forward planning work, including the making of the new City & County Development Plan.  Having regard to the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business, and the necessity of appropriate, up to date policies, the Council has taken a decision to recommence the Development plan making process from the 11th May 2020.

In accordance with the legislation, a Draft Plan is now being prepared and will be published for public comment in Q4 2020.   The Draft Plan will be on public display for a minimum period of 10 weeks, during which time submissions will be invited.  It is the intention of the Council to maximise opportunities for engagement with the Draft Plan, subject to Covid-19 restrictions, as resources allow, and mechanisms for this are currently being considered.

  1. When can I make a submission?

The pre-draft consultation period for the Development Plan finished in Summer 2018.  The process was then suspended due to the making of the Southern Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy.  The next submissions period will commence when the Draft Plan is published, in Q4 2020.  If you have registered with https://consult.kilkenny.ie/ and opted in to receive notifications, you will be informed when the Draft Plan is published, and  the deadline for submissions. It is important to emphasise that the opportunity of making submissions by email or by post or through  the consult website will not be impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.  The Council is examining additional ways in which to further engage with the public, taking into account restrictions as a result of Covid-19 and their impact  on public gatherings.

3. Where will I be able to view the Draft Plan?

The Draft Plan will be available here on our dedicated Development Plan website, and will also be available on our consultation portal: https://consult.kilkenny.ie/

Details of locations where hard copies will be available will be published closer to the relevant time.

4. How long will I have to make a submission?

From publication of the Draft Plan, you will have a specified period of at least 10 weeks to make a submission.

5. How will submissions be accepted?

Submissions will be accepted either:

 

6. What happened to the submissions already made?

All submissions made to the pre-draft stage were compiled into the Chief Executive’s Report on pre-draft submissions which was published in September 2018.   This Report includes the Chief Executive’s opinion and recommendation on the issues raised, and states, where applicable, the way in which the Draft Plan will incorporate them.

7. Where do I get more information?

Information on the plan making process is available on this website.  If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact any member of Forward Planning at 056-7794010 or email ourplan@kilkennycoco.ie.

8. When is the Development Plan expected to be finalised?

The Draft Plan will be on public display for a minimum period of 10 weeks.  Following that, the Chief Executive will publish a Report on the submissions received to the Draft.  The members will consider the Draft Plan and the Chief Executive’s Report.  At that stage it is likely that a number of changes, known as Amendments, will be proposed.  They will require environmental assessment and will be published for public display and comment.  The various stages of Plan making are set out here on the ourplan website, view the Stages above.

Archived notice:

In accordance with Section 11(1)(b)(ii) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), Kilkenny County Council suspended the review of the Kilkenny City & County Development Plan with effect from the 23rd of November 2018, pending the making of the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for the Southern Region by the Regional Assembly.  The Members of the Regional Assembly approved the RSES to be made on 31st of January 2020.

The process will resume shortly, at the stage it was at prior to suspension.  The exact date to recommence is yet to be confirmed, however a Draft City & County Development Plan will be put on public display in Q4 2020, and submissions will be invited at that stage.  Details of the review to date are available here on this website and to keep up to date with the review, register your interest at https://consult.kilkenny.ie/.  We will issue alerts to all registered users with any updates.

If you have any queries in relation to this process please contact the Planning Department by phone at 056 7794010 or by email at ourplan@kilkenny.ie