A planning application has been made to build 20 new houses in Killeen.
Mr J McDonald has sought permission to erect four different types of houses in Killeen Village and Grange Maganey Co Laois.
The application is for three 3-bed two storey detached houses, one 2-bed single storey detached house and six 3-bed two stroey semi-detached houses.
It also includes a further ten 3-bed two storey semi-detached houses.
Permission has also been sought for eight individual service plots, garages and car parking spaces.
The news of the new development comes a few days after it was decided to increase Local Property Tax by 10 per cent.
The Fianna Fail and Fine Gael members of the council voted in favour of the increase of the tax, which will provide an extra €492,000 for funding across the council.
The increase will see the majority of homeowners pay an extra €9 per year, or 75 cent per month.