Autumn Planning Conference 2016, Everything You Need to Know

Kirsty McDonnell

The Autumn Planning Conference is back!

This year’s Conference takes place on the 7th of October with the theme of ‘Emerging Opportunities and Recent Developments in Planning Practice’.


This year, the Autumn Planning Conference takes place in the Gibson Hotel in Dublin. Located close to the heart of Dublin, the Gibson Hotel is easily accessible no matter where you are travelling from. With regular Luas service, bus service and convenient parking (with discounted parking rate for Conference attendees), attending the Autumn Planning Conference couldn’t be more convenient.  

Who should attend?

This Conference would be beneficial to a wide range of professionals working within planning and related fields. With speakers from a wide range of planning sectors such as environmental, law, economic and property professionals, there really is something for everyone.  

Expert Speakers

The Autumn Planning Conference will be opened by an address by Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD. Speakers on the day are top experts in their respective field and will discuss challenges facing Irish planning as well as innovative solutions currently in practice. Areas of discussion include; the National Planning Framework, countdown to the new EIA Directive, planning for climate change adaptation, fiscal policy and planning, Urban Regeneration Act in practice, and evidence based planning.

Continuous Professional Development

So far, 2016 has been a year with many changes, not least for Planning Professionals. With the publication of Minister Coveney’s Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, the review of An Bord Pleanála, the National Planning Framework, the proposed Office of the Planning Regulator, to name but a few, it is safe to say that there has been a lot to take in and get to grips with. This year, more than any other, Continued Professional Development is vital for planning professionals who want to stay abreast of challenges and changes within the Irish Planning System. The Autumn Planning Conference also accounts for 7 CPD credits from the Irish Planning Institute.

Value for Money

This one day conference covers a range of topics that are becoming a bigger and bigger area of a planner’s day-to-day work and also areas that will be vital to planning in the coming months. It also provides an opportunity to keep yourself up to date with policy and planning techniques currently in practice. Members attending the Autumn Planning Conference can avail of a discounted rate of €160 (provided subscription fees have been paid in full for 2016 at time of booking) instead of the standard rate of €260. There are also a limited number of reduced rate places available for unwaged or student members who wish to attend. Early booking is vital in order to secure one of these places.

Networking Opportunities

It is said again and again, but networking really is a huge part of the value and benefit of attending CPD events such as the Autumn Conference. There will be ample time to make new connections and also renew those already existing. Learn, share and collaborate with other planning professionals.

Investing in the Planning Community

The Irish Planning Institute uses revenue from events and also membership subscriptions to further their work to advance planning and promote the profession for the benefit of the community and the common good. Attending IPI events contributes to strengthening the Irish Planning System and also planning as a profession.

How to Register

Registration is now open for the Autumn Planning Conference 2016 here. Places can also be booked by contacting the IPI office at or (01) 8788630. Full details of the Autumn Planning Conference can be found here.

Kirsty McDonnell
Office Administrator, Membership Coordinator