Development Plan & Policy

  • What is the Galway City Development Plan

    The Development Plan is a blueprint for the planning and development of Galway City for a six year period. For example, it sets out where roads, water supplies, sewage are to be provided and it zones land for a particular purpose (housing, shopping, schools, industry, commercial etc.)

    This will affect what type of buildings can be constructed and the use to which land can be put.

    It affects many facets of daily economic and social life - where you can live, what services are available and where developments with job opportunities are to be sited.

    The City Development Plan includes objectives for:

    • Zoning of areas for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural etc. purposes;
    • Preserving, improving and extending amenities;
    • Conservation and protection of the environment, including areas of archaeological or natural heritage;
    • Preservation of structures or parts of structures, which are of special architectural, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific or technical interest.
    • The preservation of the character of Architectural Conservation Areas.
    • Development and renewal of areas in need of regeneration;
    • Provision of water supplies and sewage services, waste recovery and disposal facilities;
    • Provision of accommodation for travellers;
    • Provision of services for the community

    The City Development Plan also includes development objectives relating to the control of use of buildings, reservation of lands, location and pattern of development etc.


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