Frequently Asked Questions

What is a County Development Plan?

The County Development Plan is a document that guides the future growth and development of the County. 

Ireland has planning laws and guidelines on lots of important things like housing, transport and the environment. From these, the government develops long-term national and regional development strategies such as the National Spatial Strategy and Regional Planning Guidelines. Local authorities then create a County Development Plan based on the regional strategies and guidelines.

The South Dublin County Development Plan includes a written statement and maps, and is approved by local authority councillors. The review presents an opportunity to shape South Dublin County’s future growth. This is why your input matters. This is your community and the decisions made will impact your future for years to come.

What is the function of a County Development Plan?

A County Development Plan sets out a strategic framework for the proper planning and sustainable development of the administrative area of the local authority, over a six year period. The Plan must be consistent with longer term planning and sustainable development aims, including those set out in the National Spatial Strategy and any Regional Planning Guidelines in force. 

A County Development Plan should also:

  • Set out a vision and core strategy for the development of the area to which the plan relates.
  • Give spatial expression to the population, economic, social, environmental and cultural aims of the County Development Strategy.
  • Be grounded in public and political consensus around the Plan’s strategic framework.
  • Provide a clear framework for public and private sector investment in infrastructure and in development in the area, having regard to both national and regional plans and policies.
  • Protect and enhance the amenities of the area.
  • Offer clear guidance to developers in framing development proposals and to the planning authority in assessing such proposals.
  • Establish a policy framework within which more detailed plans (such as local area plans or plans for architectural conservation areas) can be drawn up for specific parts of the planning authority’s area.
  • Be capable of implementation and monitoring.

What areas does the County Development Plan cover?

Everything from population growth and projected amount of land needed to house that population growth, to employment and economic development, parks and playgrounds, transport, tourism, natural resources, community development, telecommunications, culture, environment, retail strategy. Everything of note that happens in the county is covered by the County Development Plan.

Can I talk to someone about the Plan?

Certainly.  The Plan Team are available on (01) 4149000 to discuss the County Development Plan. 


How do I make a submission or observation on the County Development Plan?

The period for making a submission on the Plan has now closed.


Why should I make a submission?

During the two year process objectives and policies will be created which will seek to deliver an overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the County.  These objectives and policies will shape the future growth of the County to 2022 and beyond.  This is your community and the decisions made will impact on your future for years to come.

When can I make a submission in relation to the zoning of a particular parcel of land?

Submissions or observations in relation to the zoning of a particular parcel of land were made during the public consultation period for the Draft Plan (Stage 2).  The South Dublin County Council Draft Development Plan 2016-2022 written statement and maps were published and on public display from Monday 13th July to Thursday 24th September 2015, and outlined the proposed zoning for the County.  Submissions or observations in relation to the zoning of lands were permissible up to Thursday 24th September 2015.

I am looking for planning permission for my house. Can this be addressed in the County Development Plan?

No. The County Development Plan looks at the County as a whole, rather than individual cases.

Where can I view the South Dublin County Council Development Plan 2016-2022??

The South Dublin County Council Development Plan 2016-2022 will be available for inspection (and will be kept available for inspection accordingly) at the County Hall, Tallaght, the Civic Offices in Clondalkin and the County Libraries.

Copies of the Plan will be available to purchase from the Land Use Planning & Transportation Department, County Hall Tallaght, Dublin 24 from Monday 13th June 2016.

I missed the Stage 1 & Stage 2 public consultation, will there be another opportunity to make a submission or comment?

The Plan making process for the South Dublin County Council Development Plan 2016-2022 was finalised on May 16th 2016.