The Oughterard Local Area Plan is made in accordance with objectives of the Galway County Development Plan 2003-2009 and in accordance with the requirements of the Planning and
Development Act and the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2002. The Plan takes the form of a Written Statement, and accompanying maps. If any conflict or
ambiguity arises between what is contained in the written statement and the supporting plans, the written statement will take precedence.
The purpose of the Oughterard Local Area Plan is to inform the general public, statutoryauthorities, developers and other interested bodies of the policy framework and broad land use proposals that will be used to guide development in Oughterard over the plan period 2006 –
2012.The aim of the Plan is to set out a framework for the future development of the town, which will take place in a coordinated and orderly manner.
In preparing this Plan regard has been given to national and regional trends. In particular, consideration has been given to the National Development Plan 2000 – 2006, the National
Spatial Strategy, the White Paper on Rural Development, the BMW Region Development Strategy 2000 – 2006, the Western Regional Guidelines and other DoEHLG publications and guidelines. Within the Regional Planning Guidelines Oughterard is located in zone G – Galway City. Oughterard is identified has having an important role as a satellite of Galway City and it is stressed that Oughterard must grow and continue to function as a service centre.