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Where We Are Now

Cork County Council has commenced the preparation of a new County Development Plan for the period 2022-2028 in accordance with the steps set out in the Planning and Development Acts. The purpose of the Development Plan is to guide the future development of the county. 

The new plan will be different from previous County Development Plans in two key areas:

  • It will relate to the new administrative boundary of the county following the extension to the City Council boundary.
  • It will include all the settlements of the County, replacing the current 8 Municipal District Local Area Plans adopted in 2017 and the Town Development Plans for the nine former Town Council Towns.

The first step was the preparation of a Public Consultation Document and supporting Background Documents which address some of the key areas that need to be considered. The Public Consultation Document (can be viewed above) and the Background Documents (which can be viewed below) formed part of the Pre-Draft Public Consultation Period from Thursday the 12th of March until 12 midnight on Thursday the 2nd of July, 2020 inclusive. This Pre Draft Public Consultation Period has now ended.

Next Steps

Cork County Council will prepare a Section 11(4) Chief Executive’s Report summarising the submissions (received during the pre draft public consultation period) and set out his opinion/recommendations on policies to be included in the Draft County Development Plan for the County Council Elected Members on 28th August 2020 for their consideration.  This report will be available on the County Development Plan Review website page as soon as practical after that date.  

A Draft County Development Plan will then be prepared and made available for public consultation in April 2021 (at which stage further submissions can be made).


Pre Draft Plan stage involving preparation of public consultation document background documents and initial public consultation.