A consultant has been appointed to draw up a plan for the former Denny bacon factory site.
Reddy Architecture + Urbanism has been tasked with identifying options for the strategic 2.3 acre site which was gifted to the people of Tralee by Kerry Group in 2014.
Reddy will be required to assess how best to utilise the site while incorporating a number of guiding principles, including stimulating economic growth and job creation and retaining a minimum of 30% of the site as a public amenity space.
Reddy Architecture + Urbanism is also being asked to consider the almost 800 submissions received during the consultation process carried out by Kerry County Council last summer and submissions received during the subsequent statutory consultation process.
They will also be required to take into account existing Council policies and plans as they relate to Tralee to ensure strategic and development cohesion.
The drawing up of the master-plan will involve further statutory public consultation including a call for submissions on a draft plan before it is finalised.
It is anticipated that the final plan will be submitted to councillors in the Tralee Municipal District by the end of the year.
Separately, the demolition and clearance of the former factory buildings and the site itself will take place over the summer with a contractor due to be appointed in the coming weeks; this is to be finished by the end of the year.