Dublin City Development Plan 1999

The Dublin City Development Plan (DCDP) 1999 was adopted by the City Council on 22 March 1999, and is one of a number of corporate policy documents which has had a key influence on the recent development of the city. The review was carried out at a particularly crucial phase in the city's development, against a background of strong economic performance,  intense levels of urban renewal, and a radical shift of new population into the inner city.

Though the Development Plan was a statutory document which dealt primarily with land use, it had far-reaching implications for a multiplicity of areas such as housing, traffic and conservation. The main function of the plan was to create a flexible and strategic framework within which the network of non-statutory Integrated Area Plans (IAPs) could comfortably respond to the needs of an ever-changing city.

The DCDP was an attempt to create a vision of how the city should grow for the following 15-20 years, after the period of intense investment from 1991 onwards. In doing so it noticed the a number of imbalances and strains within the city’s development process:

  • the strong contrasts which still exist between the north and south inner city
  • the concentration of social problems in some local areas
  • the fact that traffic and car parking still dominate virtually every street and urban space
  • the restriction of tourism to a tight area of the south inner city
  • the weakening of the legibility of the urban structure (for whcih Dublin was previously famous). This has been weakened by urban decline over the last century, and possibly by urban regeneration over the last decade.
  • the inconsistent quality of the public domain which varies greatly and is frequently poor north of the river.

These problems were viewed as opportunities for improvement, with an emphasis on the concentration of IAPs on the north side of the Liffey offering a unique chance to bring the north inner city into the economic mainstream.

Vision Framework

The Vision Framework of the Plan focused on:

  • Natural amenities & advantages of Dublin’s bayside/riverside location
  • The conservation and protection of the city’s rich architectural heritage
  • Dublin’s key economic functions such as services, arts and culture, and tourism
  • The development of a network of local cells defined by architectural character, street pattern, local communities, and existing and potential functions
  • A civic design framework to foster this unity and coherence of urban form
  • Human Capital – the city’s greatest resource

General Strategy of the Plan

The Plan dealt with the comprehensive planning of the city for the next five years, while taking account of longer-term trends and objectives. The key strategies of the Plan were to:

a) reinforce the core of the city

b) provide a balanced, accessible and safe transportation system

c) fully utilise the benefits of existing and proposed infrastructural investment such as LUAS & the Port Tunnel

d) promote enterprise and employment

e) protect and enhance the built and natural environment of the County Borough

f) identify and promote public and private development projects,such as the IAPs, with major investment, employment, social and environmental benefits to the city.

g) promote a local planning consultative framework and recornising the important role local communities have to play in the process of development

The Plan then set out guidelines for the development of the city, dealing with a myriad of issues, ranging from residential strategies to economic development goals.

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