Dundalk Local Area Plan

Closed30 May, 2023, 9:00am - 30 Jun, 2023, 4:30pm

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Dundalk Local Area Plan

Louth County Council are commencing the preparation of a Local Area Plan for Dundalk. You are invited to get involved and to help shape the future of the town. This Plan will set out a land use strategy for the future growth and sustainable development of Dundalk, focusing on issues including population and economic growth, delivery of housing and community facilities, regeneration of vacant and under-utilised lands, the potential impacts of climate change, environmental protection, and investment in transportation and water services infrastructure.

To encourage participation and engagement in the process a Pre-Draft Issues Paper has been published. This Issues Paper gives a broad overview of the challenges and opportunities in Dundalk in the coming years.

This consultation provides the opportunity for you to submit comments and suggestions on the topics raised in this Pre-Draft Issues Paper and any other themes you consider relevant to the preparation of the Plan. 

Importance of Input from the Local Community

Local community input is an important part of the planning process. Louth County Council would welcome input from across the entire community. This includes, but is not restricted to, local residents, business owners, retailers, community groups, children or groups representing children, and sports groups.

Each individual or group is requested to identify the key issues that need to be addressed in the Plan and how they consider Dundalk should develop in the future.

There are two key components to this Pre-Draft consultation process:

  • An invitation to individuals, stakeholders and interest groups to make submissions; and
  • Public ‘drop-in’ events and a workshop as follows:
Location Date(s) Time


Dundalk Library, Roden Place, Dundalk, Co. Louth A91 RC44

Tuesday 6th June, 2023 4:30pm -7:45pm
Thursday 8th June, 2023 4:30pm -7:45pm

Workshop and Neighbourhood Walk -
This workshop will seek to promote public engagement in the preparation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Plan.

Tuesday, 13th  June, 2023 4:30pm -7:45pm

Workshop and Neighbourhood Walk

As part of the preparation of the Local Area Plan, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) will be carried out. In order to promote public participation in the SEA process the Council, in collaboration with University College Dublin (UCD), will be hosting a workshop on Tuesday 13th June from 16.30 to 19.45. This workshop will include a neighbourhood walk and will enable you to identify and highlight the environmental considerations that should be taken into account in the preparation of the SEA and thus contribute to developing a sustainable plan.

  • For further details on the workshop, click here.
  • To view the workshop brochure, click here.
  • To register for this event, click here.

We Welcome Your Submissions

Submissions to the Pre-Draft Issues Paper can be made from Thursday 01st June, 2023, until 4.30pm on Friday 30th June, 2023 (inclusive) 


  • You can make your submission online via the dedicated public consultation portal using the 'Make a Submission' button :



  • You can make a submission in writing by marking the submission “Pre-Draft Issues Paper Dundalk Local Area Plan” and sending it to the Planning Section, Louth County Council, Town Hall, Crowe Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth A91 W20C.

Please make your submission by one medium only i.e. online or in hardcopy. Email or faxed submissions will not be accepted.

Note: There will be a further opportunity to make submissions/observations on the Dundalk Local Area Plan as the plan-making process progresses. Public notices will be published as these consultation stages arise.

The closing date for submissions:  4.30pm on Friday 30th June, 2023

General Queries

For any general queries in relation to the Dundalk Local Area Plan you can contact the Forward Planning Team by emailing DundalkLAP@louthcoco.ie. 
Note that submissions will not be accepted via this email account, but should be made through the consultation portal as explained above.

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