Council to host virtual meetings on Dublin City Development Plan

by Rachel Darcy

Dublin City Council will host five virtual public meetings next week to allow the public to engage directly with Council officials and hear about items being considered in the new Dublin City Development Plan.

The first stage of the public consultation process for the new Dublin City Development Plan 2022 – 2028 is now underway, and a Strategic Issues Paper has been prepared, providing an overview of the key themes and some of the issues that are likely to be considered. 

The virtual meetings, to be held on January 25 and 26, will explore the different themes of the plan including housing and community, the city’s economy, transport, retail, heritage and climate action. 

“We want everyone – youth groups, older citizens, businesses, community organisations and local residents to have their say on the city’s future,” said the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu.

“A panel of experts will be presenting at the public meetings, giving citizens the opportunity to ask questions, share their views and engage in the process. This is your city, so it is vital that you have your say.

“A submission does not need to be a long report, it can simply be a comment on what you love about the city, or ideas on how it can be improved in the future, she added.

This engagement forms a key part in the drafting of the plan to ensure it reflects a shared vision and will guide future development for the benefit of the city and all its citizens.

Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of Dublin City Council, said:“This is a time of significant and complex challenges for the City, with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the fallout from Brexit and the need to address climate change.

“We have now an opportunity to respond to these challenges and to build on the success of the significant investment and regeneration seen in the City over the life of the last Development Plan.

“Our objective at the Council is to ensure sustainable patterns of development and the creation of a dynamic and vibrant city core complemented by well serviced and integrated neighbourhoods.

“Help us to plan for the future of Dublin as a great City to live in, do business in and enjoy.”

Submissions or observations should be made through Dublin City Council’s online consultation portal at www.dublincitydevelopmentplan.ie.

A submission can also be made by post to Development Plan Team, Planning and Property Development Department, Dublin City Council, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. The public consultation period is open until 4.30pm on February 22.

To register to attend any of the five virtual public meetings next week, click here.

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