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Environmental & Planning: Legislation Programme Summer 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.

Heads of bill approved on 23 July 2013. Environment Committee reported on pre-legislative scrutiny in February 2014. May resubmit for further consideration.

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 (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Bill

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

Heads of bill approved on 29 September 2015; pre-legislative scrutiny has yet to take place

Water Services Bill

To suspend the water charges for nine months and establish an External Advisory Body.

Expected publication date: June/July 2016

Green Climate Fund Bill

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

Not indicated

Industrial Development Act 1986 (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 are currently under preparation