ENVR07043 2013 Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment

General Details

Full Title
Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment
Transcript Title
Planning and EIA
Code
ENVR07043
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Billy Fitzgerald, Frances Lucy, Noel Connaughton
Programme Membership
SG_EENVE_B07 201400 Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering
Description

This module presents some of the more relevant aspects of the Irish Planning Process from an environmental protection perspective, with particular emphasis on the documentation required for a Planning Application, the validation process, submission of observations/objections, the role of the Development Plan, Planning Conditions and Planning Appeals.

The module also presents an overview of the European Union Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive and the Irish legislation enacted to give effect to this Directive.

Participants will study the specific requirements of several international and national guidance documents on the preparation, content and review of Environmental Impact Statements (EISs).

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Explain some of the more relevant aspects of the Irish Planning Process from an environmental protection perspective, with particular emphasis on the documentation required for a Planning Application, the validation process, submission of observations/objections, the role of the Development Plan, Planning Conditions and Planning Appeals.

2.

Explain the requirements of the EU Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive.

3.

Explain the requirements of the EPA Guidelines for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

4.

Explain how to ascertain whether or not a proposed development at a particular location requires an EIS.

5.

Explain what and who is involved in deciding on the scope of an EIA

6.

Explain how to critically review an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to ensure compliance with all legal requirements and that the environment is addequately protected.

Module Assessment Strategies

Participants must complete two separate continuous assessment assignments (worth a total of 50% of module marks) that involves applying the theory to "real world" situations. Examples include:

Review of a Planning file from a Local Authority/An Bord Pleanala

Review of an Environmental Impact Statement

Indicative Syllabus

Overview of the Irish Planning System - Planning and Development Acts/Regulations, roles of various Statutory and Non-Statutory Bodies, Applicants, Appellants and Third Parties.

Preparation of planning applications, validation, submissions/objections, planning conditions and appeals.

Overview of the European Union Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directives and the Irish legislation enacted to give effect to these Directives.

Detailed study of the specific requirements of the Irish EPA Guidance Documents on the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements.

Overview of various EU Guidance Documents on Screening, Scoping, and Review of EISs.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment Essay/Review of Report(s) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 6 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Assignment Application of theory to practical situation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 13 1,2,3,4,5,6
3 Multiple Choice 2 MCQs Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6
             
             

Part Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online On−line lectures, assignments, assessments, directed reading 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Research, reading and reflection 40 UNKNOWN 40.00
Workshop Offsite Lectures, presentations, group work and group discussions 5 UNKNOWN 5.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 9.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Selected sections from Irish Planning Acts and Regulations

European Council Directive 85/337/EEC (as amended by Directive 97/11/EC) on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (the EIA Directive)

Irish EPA (2002) Guidelines on the Information to be contained in Environmental Impact Statements

Irish EPA (2003) Advise Notes on Current Practice in the Preparation of Environmental Impact Statements

European Communities (2001), Guidance on EIA - Screening

European Communities (2001), Guidance on EIA - Scoping

European Communities (2001), Guidance on EIA - EIS Review

Recent Irish Environmental Impact Statements (for assignments)

Other Resources

None

Additional Information

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