City Development Plan Submission
Chamber Calls for Zoning Changes

Housing is the top policy challenge facing Dublin’s regional competitiveness, according to Dublin Chamber members. The population of Dublin City and its suburbs is set to grow by 20-25% to 1.4 million people by 2040. However, residential output remains far below what is required to meet even current demand. Making better use of available land in Dublin will be critical to addressing the housing and infrastructure deficits that currently businesses and their employees. That is why Dublin Chamber is championing brownfield regeneration to increase urban density and housing capacity.

 

Dublin Chamber’s ambition is for Dublin to be a smart, sustainable city with a high population density. Land is a finite resource, and the scarcity of sites for large-scale residential development in Dublin places an onus on planners to make the most effective possible use of remaining opportunities. Former or underutilised industrial lands, referred to as brownfield sites, are prime opportunities for high density development. These sites are often centrally located within major urban areas and are thus well-serviced by infrastructure. They offer an efficient and sustainable alternative to suburban sprawl on new greenfield sites.

 

Feeding into a recent Dublin City Council consultation on re-zoning of under-utilised lands across the city, the Chamber stressed business community support for brownfield regeneration. We also welcomed the emphasis in the National Planning Framework (NPF) on brownfield development and the renewal and development of existing cities and urban areas. The NPF aims to achieve a significant proportion of future urban development on infill/brownfield development sites within the footprint of existing urban areas. Its target is that 50% of all future growth in population and jobs must take place within the existing ‘footprint’ of Ireland’s cities and their suburbs. Such changes are vital if the Dublin region is to avoid repeating past planning mistakes which have led to an unwelcome level of suburban sprawl.

 

You can read the submission online here

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