Local community development committees
Under Section 36 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014, each local authority must establish a Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and may establish more than one such committee if the Minister approves. The aim of the LCDCs is to develop, co-ordinate and implement a coherent and integrated approach to local and community development.
The membership of LCDCs includes members of the local authority, local authority staff, representatives of public bodies which provide services in the area; representatives of local community interests; local community representatives; and representatives of publicly funded or supported local development bodies. The majority of members must be from the non-statutory sector.
The main function of an LCDC is to prepare, implement and monitor the community elements of the six-year local economic and community plan. It must consider the economic elements of the plan in order to enhance co-ordination with the community elements and ultimately integrate the two elements but it does not have a role in deciding on the economic elements. It has a general role in seeking to ensure effectiveness, consistency, co-ordination and avoidance of duplication between the various elements of local authority activities in the community.
The local economic and community plan must be consistent with the local development plans made by the elected members and with the regional spatial and economic strategies. The plan must be considered by the municipal district members and approved by the council.
County and City Development Boards
County and City Development Boards (CDBs) were established in 2000 in each local authority area to bring together the key agencies and bodies in the area to engage in long-term planning. They were abolished in June 2014 under the 2014 Act. Where appropriate, local and community development activity previously undertaken by the CDBs comes within the remit of new Local Community Development Committees.
Further information on the alignment of local government and local development is available from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.