Ashford, Aughrim, Baltinglass, Carnew, Dunlavin, Enniskerry, Kilcoole, Rathdrum and Tinahely are identified as Small Growth Towns in the current development plan.
Enniskerry and Kilmacanogue are included in the Bray MD Local Area Plan, Kilcoole is included in the Greystones – Delgany – Kilcoole Local Area Plan and Rathdrum has a stand-alone LAP. The County Development Plan includes ‘town plans’ for all of the remaining small growth towns. The purpose of these plans is to put in place a structure that will guide the future sustainable development of each settlement. The town plans will be reviewed as part of the County Development Plan process. However, submissions in relation to zoning cannot be considered at this stage of the development plan review process.
These smaller towns provide important economic and social services to their populations and immediate hinterland. Such towns normally have a good range of infrastructural services and are suited to accommodating urban generated housing demand.