A Local Area Plan (LAP) is a statutory land-use plan for any urban area in need of economic, physical and social renewal or likely to be subject to large scale redevelopment. The plan is subordinate to, and must be consistent with the Development Plan. The requirements of an LAP is set out in the Local Area Plans: Guidelines for Planning Authorities.
The City Council is currently preparing Local Area Plans for the City Docks and the Tivoli Docks, strategic regeneration areas with a combined size of circa 206 hectares. The National Planning Framework recognises that the regeneration of these areas is key to the sustainable growth of Cork City. The new Cork City Development Plan 2022-2028 will provide the strategic planning policy context for the development of these areas.
Non-statutory plans include Masterplans, Framework Plans and Area Action Plans (AAP). Such plans are not governed by a legislative process. These plans can vary in scope but typically provide a detailed framework for the area, identifying land uses, urban design principles, actions, physical and social infrastructure.