Planning Dublin’s Future
Dublin Chamber’s Planning and Infrastructure Taskforce has had a busy couple of weeks as it has been looking ahead to the future of the Dublin region post-pandemic.
The Government’s latest consultation on the National Development Plan focused on what types of capital investment in infrastructure should be prioritised and on whether the overall level of public spending on capital investment is correct. Dublin Chamber’s recent submission emphasised the need to prioritise capital investment in urban infrastructure in order to achieve the densification and sustainability goals of the National Planning Framework, Ireland’s plan for the spatial development of its city regions. Our submission also highlighted the importance of meeting our climate action targets, investing in sustainable infrastructure, maintaining our international connectivity after Brexit and Covid, and the critical need to progress ‘shovel ready’ projects without delay. You can read the full submission here.
Meanwhile, Dublin City Council is currently preparing its new City Development Plan for 2022-2028 and the first consultation period has just closed. Dublin Chamber is committed to improving the city’s business environment and quality of life in tandem, so it was positive to see that the Development Plan issues paper echoed Dublin Chamber’s recent call for a 15 Minute City in Dublin. Our submission focussed on outlining the benefits of the 15 Minute City, advancing our vision for a compact, sustainable city centre with the infrastructure and amenities to support its growing population. Reduced congestion and pollution, enhanced public spaces, thriving local economies and efficient public transport would enhance not only the lives of its residents and local economy, but the city’s attractiveness as a place to do business. Read the full submission here.