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Draft plan comes into focus this Thursday

The draft plan covers issues such as climate change, towns and villages, water and wastewater, housing, energy, Gaeltacht areas, and tourism and recreation

AN informative online information webinar will be hosted by Kerry County Council this week to facilitate discussion and engagement on the draft county development plan which is currently going through a public consultation process.

Anyone with an interest in participating in the webinar this Thursday at 7.00pm is invited to register now on the council’s website.

The draft, which covers the period 2022 to 2028, is an extensive statutory plan which sets out how the proper and sustainable development of the county can be achieved over the next six years. A three-month public consultation period is currently underway.

The draft document provides a broad framework for the way in which the local economy, society, environment and the use of land in Kerry should evolve in an inclusive, sustainable, and progressive way.

It covers issues such as climate change, towns and villages, water and wastewater, housing, energy, Gaeltacht areas, and tourism and recreation.

“There has been a lot of very positive engagement so far with members of the public as we continue the process,” said Mayor of Kerry Cllr Jimmy Moloney.

Mayor of Kerry Cllr Jimmy Moloney

“On Thursday evening officials will set out the broad parameters of the draft plan and will set out how interested parties can make a submission. I would encourage everyone to participate in this important discussion,” he said.

“This plan impacts every individual, family and community in our county and is the most important strategy which will be put in place for Kerry over the next six years”.

The full draft plan is now available online and in hard copy at all public libraries and the principal offices of Kerry County Council in Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Submissions can be made only through the online portal or in writing and must be received by February 23 next. Over the coming weeks, the council will continue to share information on various aspects of the plan on social media and will encourage public engagement.

To access the plan go to https://consult.kerrycoco.ie/en/consultation/draft-kerry-county-development-plan-2022-2028 (Irish language version also available)