Development Plan Submissions

What is a Development Plan?

A Development Plan sets out the Council’s strategy for the future development of the area. It normally covers a County or a City area and may include land use zonings and development standards. A Local Area Plan normally covers towns and larger villages and sets out the detailed zoning and policy objectives for the local area. A Local Area Plan must be consistent with the Development Plan for the wider area. Development Plan and Local Area Plans normally run for a 6-year period.

Why is it Important?

Development Plans and Local Area Plans provide details on the Council’s overall development strategy and, in particular, its policies and objectives for future development. They identify areas for future growth and can also designate areas where development is to be restricted or not permitted. All development proposals are assessed against the Development Plan and Local Area Plan and these will usually determine whether particular uses and proposals will be acceptable.

How can I Influence the Plan?

Planning legislation sets out a framework for public consultation in the Plan-making process, for both Development Plans and Local Area Plans. There are a number of key stages when public submissions are allowed. All submissions made in relation to a Plan must be taken into account by Council officials and, ultimately, by Elected Members who finalise the Plan.

What does a Submission Comprise?

A submission to a Plan can take a number of forms, but is often related to the zoning of a particular site. In this case, the submission must identify the subject site and make a clear and reasoned argument for the requested land use zoning on the site. This will often require to be based on national and regional policies and guidelines, as well as on the Council’s own development strategy. Other submissions may request certain policies and objectives to be included or seek changes to development standards and requirements.

When can Submissions be made?

Planning legislation sets out the opportunities for making submissions during the plan-making process. The first opportunity for submissions is at the very outset of the process, when the Council announces its intention to make a new Plan. The main opportunity for submissions is when a Draft Plan has been prepared and published by the Council. Further submissions may be made in relation to proposed amendments to the Draft Plan. Submissions may also be made if a Council decides to make a Variation to an existing Plan.

What is the Benefit of Using a Planning Consultant to Prepare a Submission?

In order to maximise the chance of a successful submission, a clear planning-based argument must be put forward, supported by any relevant national and regional planning policies, objectives, guidelines and other considerations. This will require an in depth knowledge of planning policy documents at all levels and experienced planners are well-placed to identify all relevant policies that support the submission.

How much will a Submission Cost?

Each Submission is different, depending on a wide range of factors. McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan can prepare a competitive fee proposal for any particular Submission in accordance with your specific requirements
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