Appendix 14: Infrastructure Capacity

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This Appendix contains the Infrastructure Capacity Report which has been prepared in accordance with the methodology provided in the NPF to determine a residential zoning framework and to support sustainable growth and development over the lifetime of the Waterford City and County Development Plan 2022-2028.

1.0 Purpose of Appendix 14

This Infrastructure Assessment Report has been prepared in accordance with the methodology provided in the NPF to determine a residential zoning framework and to support sustainable growth and development over the lifetime of the Plan for the following zoned settlements within the County: 

  • Waterford City,
  • Dungarvan/Ballinroad,
  • Clonmel Environs,
  • Tramore,
  • Dunmore East,
  • Lismore,
  • Portlaw; and
  • Gaeltacht na nDéise

The report should be read in conjunction with Appendix No. 17 Tiered Approach 

2.0 Infrastructure Assessment - Challenges 

A mis-alignment exists between the timeframe of the development plan and some of the capital investment plans that are required to inform the plan. The delivery of strategic infrastructure projects is ultimately dependent upon the availability of capital and government policy. The current capital investment plan of Irish Water covers the period from 2020 to 2024 and is shorter than the timeframe of the development plan. While a reasonable level of certainty can be anticipated regarding the delivery of infrastructure over the period 2020-2024, no such certainty can be provided regarding the delivery of water and wastewater infrastructure projects that do not form part of Irish Water’s current investment plan. In the absence of certainty due consideration is given to the NPF provision which states that Tier 2 lands must “…have potential to become fully serviced within the life of the plan”.  

The NPF requires the development plan to include a reasonable estimate for the full cost of delivery of the infrastructure identified. This requirement presents a challenge and not all costs are available or known. Notwithstanding, every effort has been made to include the costs where a verifiable source for same has been identified. In most cases, the Council does not bear any responsibility for the preparation of these cost estimates. 

This assessment does not comprise an exhaustive list of requisite infrastructures across the zoned settlements in County and while it is intended in inform, it is not to be relied upon for development management purposes. The purpose of the assessment is to demonstrate how lands zoned in the development plan, with potential for residential development, are either sufficiently serviced (Tier 1) or have potential to become fully serviced within the timeframe of the Plan (Tier 2) (in compliance with Appendix 3 of the NPF). The assessment is point-in-time and it is acknowledged that infrastructure requirements may change. The full extent of requisite enabling infrastructure will continue to be assessed through the development management process whereupon detailed assessment will be undertaken.

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