Have your say: Waterford residents can help shape the future of our city and county
Waterford residents are being called upon to have their say in how they feel the city and county should look in 20 years time.
Waterford City and County Council has begun the process of making a Development Plan for the county with the public being urged to make submissions on what they call “this significant policy document which will shape the sustainable development and planning context for Waterford City and County.”
The making of a Development Plan is a two-year process that began at a pre-draft phase which opened last Monday, July 20, with the provision of an online consultation portal that can be accessed from the homepage of the Waterford Council website.
The portal provides access to relevant background documents, including the background and context to the Waterford Development Plan and specific areas for consideration, such as sustainable transport, economy, employment and education, climate change, and environment.
A spokesperson for the council said the portal offers some innovations: “A dashboard displaying details of submissions made is available and as this is the first of three opportunities for public submissions, it is important for wide ranging public participation in this strategic planning process.
“The Waterford Development Plan sits in a hierarchy of planning policy which is agreed at National Government level. The National Planning Framework Project Ireland 2040 identifies Waterford as the principle urban centre in the South East and recognises the need for Waterford to become a regional city of scale and significance.
“The growth of the city and county will complement and enhance the growth of the wider city region and drive regional prosperity and improve the quality of life.
“The making of the Development Plan is an ideal opportunity for people who live, work, and invest in Waterford, to have a say in the policy and spatial framework which shapes the City and County of Waterford,” the spokesperson concluded.
The portal and submission period is open until September 14 at www.consult.waterfordcouncil.ie.