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Environment & Planning: Legislation Programme Autumn 2016




Maritime Area and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill

To streamline the development consent process for the foreshore including the integration of certain parts of the foreshore consent process (under the Foreshore Act 1933) with the existing on-land planning system.

Pre-legislative scrutiny took place in late 2013 and Committee reported in February 2014.

Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016

To amend and extend the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2015 and to establish the Office of the Planning Regulator to evaluate and carry out assessments relating to planning matters, amongst other functions. In addition, to provide for planning and development requirements to be taken into account by Irish Water.

Second Stage (Dáil)

Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

To provide for implementation of a range of measures relating to Rebuilding Ireland – the Action Plan for Housing including: provisions for a new fast-track planning process through An Bord Pleanala for large housing development proposals, new streamlined planning arrangements in relation to local authority own development for social housing and infrastructure projects, amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act to address matters relating to tenancy protection and strengthening the role and powers of the RTB and amendments to facilitate the transfer of funds from the Local Government Fund to the Exchequer.

Not indicated

Green Climate Fund Bill

To give effect to Ireland’s membership of the UNFCCC Green Climate Fund.

Not indicated

Industrial Development (Amendment) Bill

To take account of the Supreme Court judgment in Reid vs IDA and the Attorney General to ensure that the IDA has the necessary statutory powers to undertake their property functions (in particular, compulsory purchase orders).

Heads of bill approved July 2016; referred to pre-legislative scrutiny

Building Control Bill

To place Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI) on a statutory footing and thereby provide in law for the registration of buildings, contractors and specialist sub-contractors.

Pre-legislative scrutiny expected October 2016

Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Bill

To provide a regulatory framework for the operation of approved housing bodies.

Heads of bill approved 29 September 2015; pre-legislative scrutiny December 2015; Committee reported in February 2016

Radiological Protection (Amendment) Bill

To give effect to the transfer of certain functions in the Radiological Protection Act 1991 from the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Not indicated