An opportunity to shape South County’s future

By Mary Dennehy

CITIZENS of South Dublin County are invited to engage with the first public consultation stage of the County Development Plan 2022 to 2028, the launch of which is being live-streamed this Friday.

In a first for South Dublin County Council, Mayor Ed O’Brien will launch the initial eight-week public consultation stage through a live stream on Facebook and Instagram at 3pm this Friday, July 31.

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Everyone who lives across the communities of South Dublin County is invited to watch the live launch stream, and learn about the County Development Plan and how they can be part of it.

According to South Dublin County Council, the County Development Plan is one of the most important documents for a local authority, and impacts on how the county deals with climate change, how people move around, where people live and work and the quality of their lives.

It sets out the framework for the region’s future growth and where, how and why development is constructed throughout the county – while considering the ‘social, economic and environmental aspects’ of future development.

Every six years, the County Development Plan for each local authority area is reviewed as a statutory requirement.

In a statement to The Echo, the council said: “South Dublin County Council is commencing the review of the current South Dublin County Development Plan 2016-2022 and is preparing a new County Development Plan that will set out the framework to guide future development up to 2028.

“South Dublin County Council asks that the public join the conversation and help shape the future development of your county, your neighbourhood.

“This is your opportunity to contribute towards the first steps in shaping and directing the future growth and vision for your county, your neighbourhood.”

The eight-week consultation stage will run from this Friday, July 31, to September 28.

Once launched via live stream this Friday, all information regarding the review and preparation of the County Development Plan 2022–2028 will be available on the council’s website.

A hard copy of the Strategic Issues, under which people can make suggestions, will also be made available.

The plan is delivered under eight key strategic issues, with people right across the county invited to submit an idea or suggestion under one or all of the topics.

The eight key strategic issues include; built environment and place-making; climate action and energy; population growth and housing; sustainable movement; community services; economic development and employment; natural heritage and biodiversity; and infrastructure and utilities.

County Development Plan review webinars are also planned for September 3 at 11am and September 16 at 7pm during which the plan will be discussed and questions, views and ideas can be shared. All welcome.

Anybody who would like to arrange a meeting with a member of the council can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meetings are strictly appointment only and will be facilitated between the hours of 1pm and 4pm on Tuesdays either by phone or at South Dublin County Offices.

Keep up to date with consultation events and information through the council’s social media channels.

People can engage with the plan and make suggestions through the council’s website, www.sdcc.ie/en/devplan2022 or by post.

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