Welcome to the Regional Planning Guidelines for the Greater Dublin Area website.
The 2000 Planning and Sustainable Development Act requires that all
Regional Authorities shall at the direction of the Minister make Regional
Planning Guidelines. There are 8 Regional Authorities in Ireland, which were
set up in 1994 under the Local Government Act 1991 (Regional Authorities)
Establishment Order 1993.
The main functions of a Regional Authority are:-
To prepare Regional Planning Guidelines;
To review of the overall needs and development requirements of the region;
To review local authority’s Development Plans;
To monitor spending and progress of the National Development Plan and EU Funds.
The Planning and Development (Amendment) Act, 2010 requires consistency between development plans and national and regional obejctives set out in the National Spatial Strategy and Regional Planning Guidelines. The 'core startegy' is one of the key mechanisms within development plans for demonstrating this consistency. Under the provisons of the Act, Regional Authorities are required, when notified, to make submissions in relation to the development plan review and variation processes.
The All Ireland Research Observatory, based in NUI Maynooth, provides an interactive spatial portal of datasets and specialist tools. To access this resource please visit http://www.airo.ie
The Myplan portal was launched in 2012 by the Department of Environment Community and Local Government and can be accessed at www.myplan.ie
Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022
The Regional Planning Guidelines for the Greater Dublin Area combines two Regional Authority areas - the Dublin Regional Authority and the Mid-East Regional Authority for the purposes of Regional Planning. This approach is provided for in the Planning Act where required by the Minister.
The current Regional Planning Guidelines were made by
the Dublin and Mid-East Regional Authorities on the 15th of June 2010. The
Guidelines cover the Councils of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Dublin City, Fingal and
South Dublin in the Dublin Region and Kildare, Meath and Wicklow County Council
areas in the Mid-East Region.
The Regional Planning Guidelines aim to give regional effect to the National Spatial Strategy and to guide the development plans for each county. The RPGs inform the Development Plans in each Council area and have effect for six years.
A copy of the document is free to download below. The document comes in two volumes- Part 1 which is the Guidelines and Part 2 with contains the Appendices, including the Strategic Environmental Assessment and Report and the Habitat Impact Assessment and Key Economic Background Documents. Paper copies of Volume 1 can also be purchased from the office.
To aid those without high quality broadband, the text can be downloaded in sections below:
Further detail on the process can be viewed in the Review Process for 2010 RPGs section of our website.