OWNERS of vacant sites could have to pay a levy from January of next year.
Vacant sites, zoned for residential development or have been specifically designated as regeneration sites, have already been identified by Kildare Co Council as part of a new levy scheme.
These levies are aimed at incentivising urban regeneration and facilitating increased activity in construction.
Cllr Sorcha O’Neill asked at the January meeting of full council that the members be provided with a preliminary assessment along with the number and location of potential vacant sites that could be used for residential development in their municipal areas.
Under the provisions of the Act, each planning authority is required to identify vacant sites that fall within the established parameters, maintain a register of vacant sites and apply a levy in respect of such sites.
The members were told that to date, detailed assessments have been carried out of all zoned and undeveloped land in Newbridge, Kilcock, Kildare town, Celbridge, Sallins, Maynooth and
Statutory notices have been served on owners and occupiers of lands in Newbridge, Kilcock, Celbridge and Kildare town.
“It is the intention of the planning department to issue notice in relation to lands in Sallins, Maynooth and Monasterevin before the end of Quarter 1 2019,” said senior planner Mr McGee. “Sites in other urban areas such as Naas and Leixlip will be identified as part of their ongoing Local
Area Plan reviews.”
Levies will become payable in the first instance from January 2020, depending their date of registration. The vacant sites register is publicly available to view on the council’s website as is constantly being updated as new properties are added.