Local Economic & Community Plan

The Local Government Reform Act 2014 contains a statutory provision for the preparation of a six year Local Economic & Community Plan (LECP) which was adopted by Waterford City & County Council at their meeting on July 9th 2015. The purpose of the LECP is to set out the objectives and actions needed to promote and support the economic development and the local and community development of Waterford (the local authority area).

The plan contains the following elements and is available in English and Irish:

  • A local economic element to be prepared and adopted by the Economic & Enterprise Strategic Policy Committee (SPC)
  • A community and local development element to be prepared and adopted by the Local Community Development Committee
  • Download the LECP

    The documents are available below :

  • Local Economic and Community Plan 2015-2020
  • Plean Eacnamaíochta Áitiúil & Pobail 2015-2020
  • Appendices
    Due to the size of the documents above, a number of the appendices are available as separate documents:

  • Appendix 6 - Waterford Baseline Document‌
  • Appendix 7 - Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening
  • Appendix 8 - Habitats Directive Screening Assessment

  • Public Consultation
    The public consultation on the Draft Waterford Local Economic & Community Plan is now completed. A Waterford LECP Report on Consultation Process is available and contains a fully copy of all the submissions received.

    The final draft of the LECP was adopted by both the Economic Development & Enterprise SPC and the Community Plan was adopted by the Local Community Development Committee at their respective meetings on June 11th 2015.

    The final LECP was presented to Waterford City & County Council at their plenary meeting on July 9th 2015 for final adoption. A copy of the guidelines issued by the Department of Community Environment & Local Government on the preparation of the LECP are available to download here:

  • Circular LG 1/2015 Local Economic & Community Plans

  • Queries regarding the Local Community Development Committee or the Local Economic & Community Plan can be forwarded to lcdc@waterfordcouncil.ie

    Community Consultation
    Further engagement with communities is currently being undertaken to develop "Community of Place" plans. Details of the consultations are on Waterford Life's website at http://waterfordlife.ie/have-your-say-community-engagements-2016/

    Baseline Document
    As part of the process of preparing the Local Economic & Community Plan, Appendix 6 - Waterford Baseline Document, outlining Waterford's current position, was prepared.

    Alignment Process at National Level
    The establishment of the Local Community Development Committee and the preparation of a Local Economic & Community Plan are part of a wider national alignment process of local government and local development. For more information on this process, please visit the Department of Environment Community & Local Government's website.