Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Dáil Eireann Debate
441. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if a person who is concerned about a zoning proposal in a draft local area plan or county and city development plan can make a submission or complaint directly to him; the course of action following same he will undertake; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8886/10]
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy John Gormley): The making, reviewing and varying of a development plan or a local area plan is a reserved function of the elected members of the planning authority for the area. The statutory consultation process for such plans is set out in the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended; any person can make a submission on a draft plan, including in relation to zoning issues, to the planning authority within the statutory timescales provided.
While there is no provision in the Act for persons to make submissions in relation to such issues directly to the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, the Minister is a statutory consultee on draft development plans and ultimately has powers of direction under Section 31 of the Act where he considers that the draft development plan fails to set out an overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of an area.
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