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08/04/2022 - Council Commences the Preparation of a New County Donegal Development Plan 2024-2030

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Donegal County Council has commenced the preparation of a new County Donegal Development Plan for the period 2024-2030.  A Pre-Draft public consultation process has commenced and runs from Friday 8th of April to Friday 3rd of June 2022 (Inclusive).



The new development plan will set out an overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of Donegal from 2024-2030. It will include a written statement (with text, objectives and policies), maps (with zonings) and associated Environmental Reports.



It will also include Local Area Plans for Buncrana and Bundoran and a Settlement Framework Plan for Ballybofey/Stranorlar, dealing exclusively with economic development opportunities arising from the TEN-T Priority Route Improvement Project Donegal.



The plan will guide future planning and public investment decisions across a wide range of development areas including housing, economic development, climate change, transport infrastructure, and the management of our natural and built heritage.



The plan will be made in 3 stages over a 2-year period namely: Stage 1: Pre-Draft Preparation, Stage 2: Draft Plan, and Stage 3: Amendments to the draft plan. The plan is currently at Stage 1: Pre-Draft Preparation. 



The public can help to shape the new development plan and the Council welcomes submissions from all sections of society during the current Pre-Draft Public Consultation which runs until Friday 3rd of June, 2022.  The public can learn more about the preparation of the new plan, read the Pre-Draft Issues and Options Paper and get involved by visiting the dedicated website for the new plan at

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