Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1538)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

1538. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the circumstances and-or differences in which a Part 8 planning process is decided by a decision of a full council as opposed to a municipal district; the role of county councillors in deciding this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18805/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Part 2 of Schedule 14A to the Local Government Act 2001, as inserted by the Local Government Reform Act 2014, sets out a comprehensive listing of reserved functions that may be performed either by municipal district members or by the plenary council.

The procedures for how such functions are performed are set out under Section 131A of the 2001 Act (as amended), as well as regulations made under that section, namely the Local Government (Performance of Reserved Functions in Respect of Municipal District Members) Regulations 2014. One of the main purposes of these Regulations was to clarify the circumstances in which reserved functions specified in Part 2 of Schedule 14A to the 2001 Act are to be performed by the municipal district members or by the plenary council.

My Department has also prepared guidelines on the performance of reserved functions in respect of municipal district members. These guidelines under Circular LG 10/2014 were circulated to all local authorities on 29 May 2014 and can be viewed on my Department's website at:

www.housing.gov.ie/local-government/reform/circular-lg-102014-local-government-performance-reserved-functions

Question No. 1539 answered with Question No. 1537.