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Reference no. 302-146-1
Published in: 2002
Length: 32 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

Kerry County Council is the local authority for the county, with a sizeable workforce and budget. The Council provides a range of services and infrastructure, a task that is complicated by the size of the county, Kerry''s unique topography, the dispersed population and the county''s diverse economic base. The particular situation in the case confronting Martin Nolan, the County Manager (chief executive), concerns the Planning Service, which has experienced a substantial increase in the volume of planning applications in recent years, compounded by more onerous legislative requirements. The first half of the case provides the context for the situation in the Planning Service in Kerry. Ireland''s local government system is described, as is the nature of services provided by local authorities. Local government reforms of the late 1990s are also outlined. The second part of the case considers the Planning Service in Kerry County Council. The legal orientation of the service is outlined. This is followed by an in-depth description of the processing of planning applications, an outline of structure and staffing and an overview of public access, which is open and unfettered. The Planning Service in Donegal County Council is then discussed as an operational benchmark. The case concludes as Martin Nolan contemplates another year of increased activity in planning and development in 2000. The case is intended for the latter part of a course in public policy, public sector management or as a component of the public sector module of a course in strategic management. The normal student is at post-graduate level. The theoretical concepts to be explored are at two levels. The first is macro-level and involves strategic management in the public sector. The second is micro-level concerned with managerial reform and operational implementation in the public service.
Size:
900 employees
Other setting(s):
1999

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Abstract

Kerry County Council is the local authority for the county, with a sizeable workforce and budget. The Council provides a range of services and infrastructure, a task that is complicated by the size of the county, Kerry''s unique topography, the dispersed population and the county''s diverse economic base. The particular situation in the case confronting Martin Nolan, the County Manager (chief executive), concerns the Planning Service, which has experienced a substantial increase in the volume of planning applications in recent years, compounded by more onerous legislative requirements. The first half of the case provides the context for the situation in the Planning Service in Kerry. Ireland''s local government system is described, as is the nature of services provided by local authorities. Local government reforms of the late 1990s are also outlined. The second part of the case considers the Planning Service in Kerry County Council. The legal orientation of the service is outlined. This is followed by an in-depth description of the processing of planning applications, an outline of structure and staffing and an overview of public access, which is open and unfettered. The Planning Service in Donegal County Council is then discussed as an operational benchmark. The case concludes as Martin Nolan contemplates another year of increased activity in planning and development in 2000. The case is intended for the latter part of a course in public policy, public sector management or as a component of the public sector module of a course in strategic management. The normal student is at post-graduate level. The theoretical concepts to be explored are at two levels. The first is macro-level and involves strategic management in the public sector. The second is micro-level concerned with managerial reform and operational implementation in the public service.

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Size:
900 employees
Other setting(s):
1999

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