Councillors have been given a revised timeline for the completion of the new County Development Plan.
The plan, which will guide the future development of the county from 2022 until 2028, has been considerably slowed down by the Covid pandemic, with the consultation period extended over the summer to give the public additional time to contribute ideas and suggestions that could be incorporated into the plan.
On Tuesday, councillors were advised that it is now hoped the plan will be adopted by Monday, April 25 and will come into force by Tuesday, June 7, 2022.
The preparation of the plan incorporates three public consultation periods, the first of which has already been completed.
Speaking in the council chamber, as councillors were advised on the revised timetable, Fermoy councillor Frank O’Flynn (Fianna Fáil) said it was very important that the plan incorporated the views and vision of the citizens of Cork county.
“We are living in changed times, we are living with Covid. It is very important we have buy-in from the public. It is the people’s plan and the most important plan we will adopt in the lifetime of the council.”
Chief executive Tim Lucey said it was business as usual in relation to the plan for the next step as the planning system had been classified as an essential business in Level 5 restrictions.
The next phase is the preparation of a draft document for the councillors which is to be concluded by Monday, February 8.
There is then an eight-week window to amend the draft plan before a public consultation period is opened from April 7-21, 2021.
By July 2021, the chief executive will prepare a report on the submissions and observations made to the draft plan and this will be circulated to councillors for discussion.