Planning and Development Act, 2000

Board to consist of chairperson and 7 other members.

104.—(1) Subject to subsection (2) and (3) of this section, the Board shall consist of a chairperson and 7 other ordinary members.

(2) The Minister may by order increase the number of ordinary members where he or she is of the opinion that the number of appeals, referrals or other matters with which the Board is concerned is at such a level so as to necessitate the appointment of one or more additional Board members to enable the Board fulfil its duty and objective under section 126 .

(3) Where an order is proposed to be made under subsection (2), a draft of the order shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas and the order shall not be made until a resolution approving of the draft has been passed by each such House.

(4) (a) Notwithstanding subsection (2) of this section or subsection (3) of section 106 , where the Minister is of the opinion that one or more than one additional ordinary member should be appointed as a matter of urgency due to the number of appeals, referrals or other matters with which the Board is concerned, the Minister may, pending the making and approval of an order under subsections (2) and (3) of this section, appoint one or more than one person from among the officers of the Minister who are established civil servants for the purposes of the Civil Service Regulation Act, 1956 , or from among the employees of the Board, on a temporary basis.

(b) A person shall not be appointed to be an ordinary member under this subsection for a term in excess of 9 months.

(5) An order made under subsection (2) shall have effect for such a period not exceeding 5 years as shall be specified therein.