Start Time
9:00 AM
End Time
4:30 PM
There will be CPD hours awarded to attendees. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.

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About this Conference

Join us at the Irish Planning and Development Conference 2024, where we'll explore critical themes from climate change and marine planning to urban design and the Planning and Development Bill 2023. Engage with experts on environmental law, technological advancements for planners, and European funding opportunities. Discover practical solutions and strategic insights for a sustainable future. Don't miss this opportunity to shape the next era of planning and development in Ireland.

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Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

European Grants and Funding

Speaker: Dr. Karl Murphy, European Union Affairs Officer, the Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly, National URBACT Point for Ireland

  • Regional & urban development
  • Agriculture & rural development
  • Maritime & fisheries policies

Planning and Development Bill 2023

Speaker: Mark Thuillier, Senior Associate, A&L Goodbody LLP

  • Improved consistency and alignment throughout all tiers of planning
  • Significant restructuring and resourcing of An Bord Pleanála
  • The introduction of statutory timelines for decision-making
  • New strategic ten-year development plans for local authorities
  • Reform of planning judicial review
  • New provisions for urban development zones

Community Engagement Strategies for Development & Placemaking Technologies

Speaker: Carol Tallon, Director, Property District

  • Statutory public consultation for development
  • Innovative community engagement and measuring impact
  • Emerging technologies to enhance citizen participation, including AI and immersive technologies (virtual and mixed reality) 
  • Crossover of Proptech, Govtech and Smart City initiatives for more sustainable, resilient and inclusive development

Foundation and Benefits of Smart Cities Technologies Shaping the Future of Urban Development

Speaker: Claudia Bailey, Smart Docklands Technology and Engagement Manager

  • Technological Drivers – IoT, AI and Machine Learning, Cloud computing
  • Future Projections and Growth
  • Challenges and Considerations for the successful implementation and operation of smart cities
  • Sustainable and Resilient Development

Environmental Sustainability and Resilience in Urban Development

Speaker: Colm Ryan, Planning Director, MKO

  • Biodiversity planning
  • Climate action plans
  • Renewable energy
  • Low carbon tech

Urban Design and Placemaking – Designing Human Centred Development

Speaker: Stephen Purcell, Director & Co-Head, KPMG Future Analytics

  • Practical advice on promoting and achieving a 15-minute city
  • Addressing gentrification and displacement
  • Affordable housing

Transportation Planning and Mobility Solutions – Session

Developing Connectivity Tools: Improving Urban Spaces with the assistance of Connectivity Analysis

Speaker: Deborah John, National Transport Authority (NTA)

  • Public Transport Accessibility Levels
  • Access to Opportunities and Services
  • Adapting the tools for use in Ireland
  • Applying the tools, e.g. Local Transport Plans

Enhanced Transport Demand Forecasting and Digitalisation

Speaker: Kevin Cox, National Transport Authority (NTA)

  • Overview of the NTA National Forecast Review Project
  • A project to enhance the accuracy of NTA forecasts for population, employment and education
  • Involves consultation with every Local Authority to better forecast growth at the settlement and sub-settlement level
  • Use of improved data collection platform
  • Research regarding existing forecast methods

Planning Cities and Towns for Successful Bus Services

Speaker: Eoin Farrell, National Transport Authority (NTA)

  • Planning for “transport-oriented development”
  • Major investment in bus operations, infrastructure, fleet, and technology have been taking place in Ireland
  • Illustrated guidance document for planners and developers
  • Greater coordination among national plans, national investments, local authorities’ development decisions and private development

Who Should Attend?

This event would be very relevant to those involved in Urban Planners, Development Managers, City Planners, Real Estate Developers, Community Development Officers, and Land Use Planners. It will also greatly benefit Transportation Planners, Environmental Planners, Economic Development Specialists, Zoning Administrators, Planning Directors, and Landscape Architects. Additionally, Civil Engineers, Architectural Designers, Sustainability Coordinators, Public Policy Analysts and Infrastructure Project Managers and many more.


Mark Thuillier
Senior Associate, A&L Goodbody LLP
Carol Tallon
CEO , Property District
Claudia Bailey
Smart Docklands Technology and Engagement Manager


Early Bird Rate @ €475+VAT per person

Normal Rate @ €575 + VAT.

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of places fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.

CMG Events Conference Discount

• 10% discount for the third delegate booked or subsequent bookings thereafter from the same company.