I am wondering to what extent can a County Councillor engage in planning matters.
I've tried to obtain information on local authority policy regarding this area but I haven't quite been able to locate anything on the role of a Councillor from both a public perspective and as to the position of same in the local authority.
Anyone know about their roles and functions?
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Aside from that they also vote on Development Plans - which zone - as advised by their officials...for more see the 2001 Act, particularly Part 14, at http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/ZZA37Y2001.html
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The role of councillors in planning generally comes under the heading of 'Reserved Function' as opposed to 'Executive Function', the latter being the name given to non-councillor powers. If you do a search on http://www.irishstatutebook.ie for 'Reserved Function' in the Planning and Development Act 2000 you might find more examples.
Councillors have been known to extend their remit beyond the powers given to them under the PDA 2000, but I presume you're referring only to legal involvement in the planning process...
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