Views wanted on Development Plan amendments

Dublin City Council supports plans for an Eastern Bypass, although the council's preference is a tunnelled route, not the elevated option over Dublin Bay as shown in the above artist's impression above

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Dublin residents have until September 15 to give their views on the amendments to the Dublin City Draft Development Plan 2011-2017.

Amendments include the comprise plan on building heights, identification locations for off-street car-parking for coaches and on-street parking for motorbikes, the assessment of pedestrian crossings along the city’s canals, and extending the pedestrian zone in the Grafton Street area.

Submission and observation can only be made on amendments to the plan, which can be viewed here. Dublin City Council warns that comments on sections of the draft plans other than the proposed amendments will not be considered.

Changes have also been made to the Greening the City section of the plan. It is now suggested to provide “allotments and community gardens where appropriate as a regular feature of City Council parks and public open spaces” and that a Dublin City Farm will be established within the lifetime of the plan.

Councillors spent a notable amount of time debating a Luas line Rathfarnham (line E) which is not currently proposed to proceed due to an unfavourable feasibility study. From the debate, the amendment on this now reads that it will be city policy to “oppose any Luas Line that would adversely impact on the Brighton Square / Brighton Road Residential Conservation Area.”

On extending the pedestrian area around Grafton Street, an amendment reads: “To explore the extension of the pedestrian zone in the Grafton Area to include the creation of new pedestrian streets without compromising access to existing car parks in the city centre. Candidate streets for pedestrianisation would include but would not be limited to: Anne Street (south), Duke Street, Clarendon Street and South William Street.”

The pedestrianisation suggestion follows on from a campaign from traders in the area.

Dublin City Council is to continue its policy of supporting the National Roads Authority’s plans for an eastern bypass of the city (pictured above), although an amendment says the “preferred method is by means of a bored tunnel and the preferred route is under Sandymount and Merrion Strand and Booterstown Marsh.”

Other proposals include: “To examine the possibility of closing the area along the River Liffey in front of the Customs House to motorized traffic on Saturdays and Sundays to create a new Public Plaza” and to “develop a map of public rights of way during the lifetime of the next development plan.”

Submission and observation can be made online here. Submissions can also be emailed to development.plan@dublincity.ie or posted to Development Plan Team, Planning Secretariat, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

Meanwhile, the contact details of councillors who will be voting on the proposals can be found here.

Dublin City Council have also posted details here and here on boards.ie but users are warned that comments on that site are not taken as official submissions.

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