Arising out of the commitments in the Government Programme An Action Programme for the Millennium, a comprehensive review of planning legislation was initiated in August 1997. The principle of the Review was to ensure that the planning system of the twenty first century would be strategic in approach and imbued with an ethos of sustainable development and would deliver a performance of the highest quality. The Planning and Development Act, 2000 arose out of the Review. This Act consolidates all previous Planning Acts and much of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations. As well as consolidating existing provisions, the Act contains many significant changes and new initiatives.
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