Dublin City Council have created a new city development plan that will shape how Dublin grows for years to come. Members of the public can view the Development Plan
• The current Economic Climate means that there is time and the opportunity to reflect on what we want for the future of the city. Rapid development in recent years has resulted in fragmentation and some communities feeling left behind. The plan hopes to rectify this.
• An important aspect of the plan, is that it goes beyond 2017 looking forward to 2030.
• Key Words for this plan are Positive Change and Competitiveness.
The vision for the City is that; Within the next 25 to 30 years, Dublin will have an established international reputation as one of the most sustainable, dynamic and resourceful city regions in Europe.
• Dublin, through the shared vision of its citizens and civic leaders, will be a beautiful, compact city, with a distinct character, a vibrant culture and a diverse, smart, green, innovation-based economy. It will be a socially inclusive city of urban neighbourhoods, all connected by an exemplary public transport, cycling and walking system and interwoven with a quality bio-diverse greenspace network.
• In short, the vision is for a capital city where people will seek to live, work and experience as matter of choice.
• The plan will have 6 central themes:
By 2017 Dublin city council hope to achieve three essential goals:
I. To make the city clean, green, compact and connected
II. To establish a smart economy
III. To create sustainable neighbourhoods and communities.
Transport has an important contribution to make in shaping and achieving a sustainable city. Less dependency on the private car for routine trips and replacement by public transport, walking and cycling will result in a reduction in consumption of non-renewable resources and of CO2 emissions.
• Dublin City Council will seek to have more people traveling in the city by bicycle, public transport or on foot by 2017.
• The effective integration of land use and transportation will generate and reinforce sustainable settlement patterns that make the most efficient use of land and that minimize the need for travel by car.
• The Development Plan has a significant part to play in addressing the impact that transport in Dublin has on climate change and in assisting the Government to meet its Kyoto obligations.