An Bord Pleanala has decided to hold an oral hearing into the North Quays Strategic Development Zone in Waterford.
The Bord ruled that the hearing would go ahead following consideration of two valid objections to the project received in mid March.
The hearing will be held in Waterford but no date has been set as yet.
An inspector will be appointed to do a report. They will hear the evidence from both sides, the objectors and the council and will then draft a report which will go to the board for a decision.
The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met the company behind the proposed development during his visit to Waterford in March.
At that time he said funding would be available as long as the project stays on track.
The two objections to the North Quays proposal were recieved in the days leading up to the cut off point.
Pat Moran from Cheekpoint said that the Council had not provided enough assurance that cruise ships will be able to come into the City.
Eddie Lynch who owns the Top Petrol Station in Ferrybank said he was in favour of the development but his objection was is regard to Waterford City Councils decision to compulsory purchase order his property.
A Compulsory Purchare Order for over 40 acres of land in the Ferrybank area was issued last summer to facilitate the redevolpment of the quays.
Speaking at last months council meeting CEO Michael Walsh said the draft contracts for the project have been signed while the local authority awaits approval from An Bord Pleanála.
He said the delay is not a problem just yet.