1. Introduction

Closed16 Sep, 2022, 9:00am - 14 Oct, 2022, 5:00pm

In collaboration with the community, Carlow County Council and Laois County Council are commencing a review of the Joint Spatial Plan for the Carlow Graiguecullen Greater Urban Area 2012-2018 (as extended).

Section 18 (2) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) enables two or more planning authorities to co-operate in preparing a local area plan in respect of any area which lies within the combined functional area of the authorities concerned (see Map no. 1 of functional areas).

The new Joint Urban Area Local Area Plan (JULAP) will set out a land use strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the area. It will consist of a written statement and maps indicating objectives for purposes such as the zoning of land, economic and community development; residential development; heritage and culture; open space and recreation; transportation and infrastructure; urban design; and environmental protection.

The LAP process will involve public consultation at three stages:

  1. Pre-Draft;
  2. Draft Plan; and
  3. Proposed Amendments stage.

As part of the first stage, the Planning Authorities are now engaging in Pre-Draft Consultation with the general public, stakeholders and interest groups. To inform the process this booklet has been prepared in order to give a broad overview of the main development issues currently impacting on the Carlow-Graiguecullen Urban Area and identifies the issues that the next Local Area Plan could address. This document can be downloaded at consult.carlow.ie and consult.laois.ie.

Functional Area of Joint Urban Area Plan

Map 1: Functional Area of Joint Urban Area Plan