Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has won an award, in a joint local authority initiative with Fingal County Council, for the development of a new on-line submissions facility for County Development Plans. The award was presented at the recent Chambers Ireland’s Excellence in Local Government Awards 2010, an annual event which recognises innovation and excellence across the local authority sector.

DLR and Fingal worked closely together on the project in collaboration with ESRI Ireland. The goal was to design and develop an information system that would make it easier for the public to participate in the consultation process for the making of a County Development Plan, which is produced by each local authority in the country every six years.

Using the new on-line submissions facility enabled individuals or groups to enter a summary of their concerns or proposals, make a full text submission, mark the boundary of an area relating to their submission directly onto the plan and attach up to five supporting documents. When the submission is completed, the solution automatically provides the interested party with a confirmation message and a unique submission reference number.

By sharing ideas and pooling resources the partnership approach between DLR and Fingal resulted in the delivery of a successful project at a significantly reduced cost and with significant savings on staff time and therefore money.

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