X. Infrastructure Assessment
The Infrastructure Assessment is provided to support the County Development Plan 2022-2028 with regard to the co-ordination of proposed ‘New Residential’ land use zonings for undeveloped lands with existing and planned development services.
The National Planning Framework (NPF) requires that the zoning of undeveloped lands is carried out in accordance with a standardised methodology termed a Tiered Approach to Zoning (TAZ)1. The objective of the TAZ is to avoid zoning lands that cannot be brought forward for development due to deficiencies in necessary infrastructure and services. It provides an evidence-based approach that identifies which:
- Lands are already serviced;
- Lands can connect to services; and,
- Lands are to be provided with services within the lifetime of a development plan.
In accordance with the NPF, infrastructure and services include:
- Road and footpath access, including public lighting;
- Foul sewer drainage;
- Surface water drainage; and,
- Water supply.
It is a requirement that the Infrastructural Assessment is aligned with the approved infrastructure investment programmes(s) of relevant delivery agency(ies) such as Irish Water, or is based on a written commitment of the relevant delivery agency to provide the identified infrastructure within a specified timescale i.e. within the lifetime of the development plan.