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Monday 5 December 2016

Development plan to target last few free parking spots in city

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Dublin City Council (DCC) is proposing to eliminate the remaining free parking in the city, as well as implementing more 30kmph zones to protect cyclists in a new draft plan.

These wide-ranging proposals were set out under the Dublin City Development 2016-2022 draft plan, in which DCC hopes for the "creation of vibrant, safe, comfortable and attractive urban places where people want to live, work, meet and enjoy their leisure time".

The draft plan proposes some potentially significant cultural, environmental, residential and commercial changes over the next 25 to 30 years for the city.

POPULATION

The draft plan predicts a substantial rise in the city's population over the next seven years, of 60,000 by 2022, which would have knock-on effects in the area of housing.

DCC says "a key challenge in the new draft plan is to provide for the housing needs of a growing population, with a range of policies and objectives to enhance the supply of housing to meet the needs of the city whilst maintaining a high quality of development."

It proposes just under 30,000 new housing units to deal with the jump in population across the city, with 4,217 houses to be built year on year between 2016-22.

DCC has also introduced proposals to extend retail from the city centre to the Point Village.

Free parking in the city could also be abolished - the draft aims to restrict it "both within the canals and in adjacent areas".

This would reduce the number of vehicles in the city.

Meanwhile, the Liberties are being included for a major overhaul in the draft too, as the area has huge potential to establish itself as a digital media centre.

Building height is also discussed, with DCC saying "taller buildings can also play an important visual role and can make a positive contribution to the skyline of a city."

The environment in the city is potentially set for changes too, as 30kmph zones are being proposed along single-lane, one way streets. DCC also has "ambitious" plans to reduce emissions by 33pc by 2020 - which is bigger than the targets set under the Kyoto protocol, which aims to reduce greenhouse gases.

Public amenities have also been prioritised in the draft plan to bring the city's beaches up to blue flag standards.

Currently, none of the four city beaches meet the required standards for blue flag status.

"Clutter" of street furniture, such as lamp posts, will be audited, with some 20pc targeted for removal.

The Poolbeg incinerator is mentioned as being environmentally efficient - having the potential to turn 600,000 tonnes of waste into electricity for up to 80,000 homes.

DCC has also proposed establishing a 'revolutionary' trail of sorts - not dissimilar to the one in Boston.

This could see a historical trail established which may take in the likes of Boland's Mill, the GPO, Moore Street, Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Jail.

Ballymun is mentioned in the draft as having the potential to be a "leading arts and cultural hub serving the city and wider region".

Dublin Port has been singled out as a "home port" for cruise tourism.

Vision

The plans act as a shared vision and direction for the future development of the city over the next 25 to 30 years.

"Public participation at this stage is vital and we welcome your views so that the final plan can address our aspirations for the city.

"I would encourage you the citizens, the communities and organisations you represent, businesses and stakeholders, to become involved and help us plan for the future of Dublin as a great city to live in, do business and enjoy" said Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of Dublin City Council.

There will be various public information sessions throughout the city on the draft plan over the next few weeks.

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