The proposed new Dublin City Development Plan, which designates building heights, land zonings and development standards for the city, went on view at the council’s Wood Quay Venue last week.
The draft plan, which has been developed over the last year, was published last month. However, the facilities at the Wood Quay Venue will allow the public to make video submissions on the plan or to use an interactive map to see how the plan will affect their neighbourhood.
The plan aims to direct the development of the city from 2011 to 2017 and to allow for an evolving 'vision' for the city for the next 30 years. However, it is, in several aspects, a more modest vision than the previous development plan published in 2005.
Plans for building heights have been substantially scaled back from those envisaged at the height of the boom. The draft plan states that most areas of the city are 'not appropriate' for high or even mid-rise buildings, although the council does identify buildings up to the height or Liberty Hall (about 50m) as mid-rise.
So-called 'taller' buildings are identified as those in excess of 50m - or office buildings of 12 storeys or residential buildings of 15 storeys. Only the docklands and the areas around Heuston and Connolly stations have been identified as suitable locations for these high-rise developments. George’s Quay could also be considered, but only after a local plan is developed for the areas.
The areas with potential for buildings of up to 50m include Phibsborough, the Digital Hub, the North Fringe, Ballymun, Pelletstown, Park West/Cherry Orchard and the Naas Road. Grangegorman and the Clonshaugh Industrial Estate could also be included in this group if a local area plan was adopted.
The draft plan will be open to submissions until March 12th next.
The Irish Times