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Gain a greater understanding of the process, learn key policies and legislation, review recent updates to the Planning Guidelines & their implications

Date: 27th September 2017

Flood Risk Assessments are a vital step in the development process, and with the increasing awareness of the importance of planning for flood risk at the earliest stages, coupled with numerous examples of the devastation arising from inappropriate planning, is an area which will see increased activity in coming years.

Interpreting the OPW / DoECLG guidance the Planning System and Flood Risk Management is something that those who are required to undertake or understand FRAs may not be up to speed with. This may come down to requiring a greater understanding of certain points in the planning and flood risk guidelines, understanding key aspects of flood risk maps, key complexities and challenges, and how this information is used in assessing developments or proposals.

This seminar will give you:

  • greater understanding of the FRA process
  • Guidance on what is required to carry out an initial flood risk assessment, and
  • When a more detailed assessment is required
  • A review of recent updates to the Planning System and Flood Risk Management
  • The implications of these updates for planning authorities and developers
  • An overview of the scope and content of the CFRAM Studies, outlining the potential advantages and pitfalls associated with their future use

When you leave this course, you will be aware of the key policies and legislation relating to FRAs in Ireland. You will receive expert and experienced guidance on issues such as mapping, understanding the hierarchy of FRAs, and when each stage is required. You will be aware of elements to be included in an initial FRA, considerations in appraising FRAs, have an understanding of when a detailed FRA is 

required and the challenges that may arise with this. You will gain an opportunity to engage in informative Q&A’s, speak with other professionals working in your field, and leave with an informative course pack and 5 CPD points.

Course Content Includes: 

  • Welcome / Introductions 
  • The Planning Guidelines and Flood Risk Management
    – Background to the Planning Guidelines – political framework and links to other plans
    – Core Principles of the Planning Guidelines – Flood Zones, Vulnerability of Developments, sequential approach and Justification Test
    – Application of Planning Circular PL2/2014
  • Understanding and assessment of flood risk:
    – Terms and concepts
    – Hierarchy of flood risk assessments
    – Regional / strategic and detailed assessments of development – including obligations on the local authority and those seeking to develop
    – Stages of flood risk assessment and when these are required
  • The Flood Maps and Flood Risk Assessment
    – Data availability and problems encountered – including use of the CFRAM Study maps
    – Final make-up of the maps for SFRA
    – Advantages and limitations of the maps
    – Incorporation and acceptance into the CDP/DP/LAPs
    – Refinements to the SFRA maps which are required for site specific assessment
  • Initial Flood Risk Assessment
    – Key elements to be included in the Initial FRA
    – Sources of data
    – Considerations of the local authority planner/engineer in appraising the FRA
    – When a detailed FRA is triggered 
  • Detailed FRA
    – Scope of a detailed FRA
    – Complexities and challenges 
  • Q & A

This course has been designed and developed for both the public and private sector, and would be very relevant to planners, engineers and environmental employees in local authorities, as well as planning consultants, GIS consultants, design engineers, developers and anyone who is involved in planning and environmental management.

On completion you will receive your CMG Certificate of Attendance as well as your CPD Certificate containing 5 Structured CPD Points. Please note certificates are issued only at the close of the training course to participants who complete the full 5 hours. 

Ross Bryant, Flood Risk Analyst – JBA Consulting

Ross has 16 years’ experience within the field of flood risk modelling, mapping and scour risk management.  He has been involved in a wide variety of projects that range from asset management to national scale flood mapping and risk assessment.  Ross is also involved in business development and staff leadership for JBA Ireland.  His background is in asset management and flood risk assessment with involvement in a wide variety of projects that range from national scale flood risk assessment for road/railway agencies and insurance firms to site specific flood risk assessment and expert witness flood studies. 

Ross is a key member of the JBA team involved in integrating the Planning Guidelines within the Local Authority planning system.  He has developed and led Strategic Flood Risk Assessments for Local Area Plans, Development Plans and County Development Plans across Counties Meath, West Meath, Clare, Carlow, South Dublin and Wexford, developing county flood maps and a risk based approach to managing development and flooding.  Adopting an iterative process, Ross has worked with Local Authority Planners and Engineers to allocate land zoning objectives in the various Development Plans to ensure compliance with the Planning Guidelines. 

Training Environment:

The course takes place at the CMG Professional Training centre, situated in the Apex Building in the Beacon Quarter of Sandyford, Dublin 18. The Training Centre is accessible by the Luas, (Sandyford line, Stillorgan stop – 6 mins walk) several bus options (the number 11 travels from O Connell street Dublin and stops directly outside the training centre) and we are situated very close to the M50 at the Beacon Hospital corner. There are several car parks within a three minute walk from the training centre and we have a range of coffee shops (including Starbucks) as well as shops and restaurants opposite the training centre.

Date, Time & Venue:

Date:  27th September, 2017

Times: 9.30 am to 4.00pm

Venue: Apex Building, Blackthorn Road, Sandyford Dublin 18

Course Cost:

This course costs €395 (early-bird rate), normal rate is €435. Includes course documentation and light refreshments. While the course fee does not include lunch, we do provide freshly made sandwiches, nespresso coffee and a range of teas and fresh juice for those who require a light lunch. Alternatively you can avail of the local food stores and coffee shops opposite the training centre for hot food or alternative lunch options.

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