| Submissions Invited for Local Area Plans of Harbour Electoral Areas
Three electoral areas border Cork Harbour (Midleton, Carrigaline and Blarney)
| Consultation processes for the Local Area Plans of the three electoral areas bordering Cork Harbour (Midleton, Carrigaline and Blarney) are underway, and members of the public are invited to make formal submissions between now and March 1 st on issues they wish to have included within the Plans. Outline Strategy Documents have already been prepared for each of the three Harbour Electoral Areas; and it is anticipated to have the Draft Local Area Plans ready for presentation to the Council by October 2010. |
Details of how to obtain further information, input to the process, and responses to frequently raised queries are outlined below, and in the attached Local Area Plan Information Leaflet.
What are the Outline Strategy Documents?
These documents are the first step in a major review of local planning policies across the County. They are intended to help stimulate public debate at this initial stage in the process of reviewing the 10 existing local areas plans. They provide a summary of the main changes which have occurred in all the Electoral Areas in the county since the preparation of the current local area plans. In particular there is a focus on identifying the critical planning issues and choices now faced whilst taking account of the current supply of zoned land, progress on infrastructural requirements and the need to protect and conserve the environment. Through this mechanism it is proposed to stimulate debate on various issues (identified or not) and identify responses to same.
Are zonings or zoning-maps part of the Outline Strategy documents?
No, the Outline Strategy documents are intended to raise strategic issues that will promote debate and help inform the objectives of the new draft local area plans that will be prepared during the autumn of 2010. Although the Outline Strategy documents include “strategic diagrams” for the main towns that include a diagrammatic representation of the zoned land that remains largely undeveloped from the previous plans, these are not zoning maps. The documents provide information on the likely need for new development in the future.
When will the Draft Local Area Plan be available?
It is anticipated that the Draft Local Area Plans will be presented to Council in October 2010 and there will be a period of public consultation following this.
When will the Final Local Area Plan come into force?
Approximately July 2011
Can I ask for my lands to be zoned for future development?
Yes, proposals for re-zonings can be made as a submission to the Local Area Plan Review. Full details of the location of the lands should be provided as well as the intended use that is being sought and supporting information.
I live in a village. Is there a section specifically referring to these settlements?
Yes, it refers to general strategic objectives pertaining to the overall village network and how these relate to the electoral area rather than referring to the actual villages. If you wish to make a zoning submission with regard to a village, then you should use the current opportunity to set out your views in a written submission to the Council
Will the current land zonings be changed?
It is possible that there will be changes to existing zonings in terms of adding or altering designations where necessary.
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Local Area Plan Information Leaflet
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