The Local Government Reform Act, 2014, outlines significant changes to the role, structure
and systems of local government nationally. The main provisions of the reform of local
government provides for:
In relation to the Councils role in Community Development, the legislation provided for the
establishment of Local Community Development Committees.
There are two elements to the Local Economic and Community Plan, and economic element
and a community element and both elements are to be conducted in tandem.
The purpose of the LECP shall be to identify and implement actions to strengthen and
develop the economic and community dimensions of each local authority area over the
following six year period and in a manner that both reflects and supports the implementation
of the existing Regional Planning Guidelines and proposed regional Spatial and Economic
The integrated elements of the LECP, shall consist of:
Westmeath Local Economic and Community Plan 2016–2021
Westmeath Local Economic & Community Plan (29,981kB)