PRE-DRAFT DUBLIN CITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN SUBMISSIONS


Motions to Dublin City Council regarding the City Development Plan from
Councillor Cieran Perry, (Independent.)


(1) Dublin City Council must acknowledge that residents and their communities are equal stakeholders in our City. Dublin City Council must tap into the energies, knowledge, resources and experiences of the local community. People have a right to participate in decisions that affect their lives. It must be recognized that residents will feel more attached to the development if they feel that they have helped create it.

Many statutory bodies are unwilling to allow residents and community groups to fully participate because they fear losing power. Giving some to others means losing some of their own. However, by working together as equals, we can in fact achieve more than by working apart.

“there is a lack of respect for community representatives from officials, characterized by an attitude of superiority grounded in a belief that, as professionals, we know best”
- centre for urban and regional studies, TCD 2007

"The professionals need to consult the users of their buildings more closely. The inhabitants have the local knowledge: they must not be despised. People are not there to be planned for; they are to be worked with… There must be one golden rule…we all need to be involved together, planning and architecture are much too important to be left to the professionals."
HRH The Prince of Wales,

To date, many residents have seen, from our community perspective, limited consultation with few real options, dressed up as an opportunity for community participation which has, in fact, led to a level of disillusionment, with the potential for conflict and delay. Consultation is a limited tool which, in reality offers limited information, allows for feedback but denies real and meaningful participation. What is required is community engagement. We need to see independent support and advice provided to the community, to allow us develop our own agenda within the framework of a sustainable development of our city.

"Community involvement has been shown to make a positive contribution to planning and development processes. At its best, community involvement can enable: processes to be speeded up; resources to be used more effectively; product quality and feelings of local ownership to improve; added value to emerge; confidence and skills to increase ­ for all; conflicts to be more readily resolved." DoE 2004

In order to progress the level of participation of the community we call upon the City Council to include this Community Engagement Charter in the Development plan:

• DCC accept that the residents and Communities in Dublin are equal stakeholders in the continued development of our city.
• DCC accept that an open and transparent City Development Process which acknowledges the benefit of community engagement is the only successful way forward.
• DCC accept that the Residents & Community must have involvement in every level of the decision making process.
• DCC accept that trust and mutual respect must form the basis of the continued development of our City.
• DCC accept that independent support & advice must be provided for true Community participation & engagement.


(2) The impact on the water table must be considered in all planning schemes and applications, and the cumulative effect noted. Dublin City Council must give careful consideration to the increased flooding risk we are currently witnessing and to projected future patterns. This will obviously include coastal and pluvial risks. Dublin City Council must implement a Flood management plan across the city which will alleviate the actual and predicted flooding of areas throughout the City. The impact on the water table must be considered in all planning schemes and applications, and the cumulative effect noted. Dublin City Council must ensure, through National Planning guidelines, that any planning development in an adjoining council areas does not cause flooding issues in our city.

(3) Dublin City Council will provide increased amounts of space for community gardens and establish a standard contract for usage between the Council and Residents groups regarding same.

(4) Dublin City Council must improve its Developer Levy scheme in light of current unpaid levies. A greater bond must be sought with adequate and extended cover for unfinished works.

(5) Dublin City Council must oppose any attempts by Developers or their agents to roll back on the Apartment size, Childcare facilities, Open Public Spaces, Balcony sizes and other such retrograde steps.

(6) Dublin City Council must ensure that developments deliver on a proper standard of public open space. This open space must be delivered in a manner that is appropriate and beneficial. It should not be delivered in a manner that is simply mathematical to meet a requirement. If the quantity of public open space needs to be increased to maximise its potential, this can be considered permissible. It must be emphasised that the minimum requirement is not just a maximum allowance but a starting position.

(7) Dublin City Council should ensure that all lands zoned for amenity use should remain. Area committees must be responsible for initiating amenity plans that ensure that the potential of these lands are maximised.

(8) This development plan will contain a commitment that the existing HGV strategy will remain with a view to it being expanded to deliver the best positive impact possible to the city and its citizens.

(9) The location of antenna by the communication industry in streetwork installations must be properly considered in light of health concerns and residents notified in advance of any proposed erection.

(10) Dublin City Council shall not rezone any industrial estates within its boundaries for residential usage so as to prevent the loss of employment. The residential housing market does not require more land and in recognition of the unnecessary amount of residential property currently lying unoccupied, no further rezoning of industrial estates should be permitted.

(11) Dublin City Council should not attempt to introduce the contents of their high rise strategy document (Maximising the City’s Potential – A Strategy for the Intensification and Height) in this current development plan and must recognize the overwhelming opposition to this document during its initial consultation process. This issue must be addressed as a single issue exclusive of the new development plan and after the adoption of the new plan.

(12) Dublin City Council must acknowledge the failure of the waste management plan and must seek central government funding for a new plan which will prioritise actual recycling, waste reduction, litter prevention and prosecution and environmental alternatives.

(13) Dublin City Council in conjunction with Waterways Ireland must actually recognise the Tourism and recreational potential of the canals and should prioritise their upgrade with central funding. The help of local residents groups should be sought for the monitoring and maintenance of these facilities wherever possible.

(14) The planned introduction of an incineration plant must be reviewed before any further work is undertaken on both environmental and economic grounds

(15) Dublin City Council will ban all Circus’s which use live animals during their performances from City Council property and use the planning services wherever else is necessary to prevent these performances.

(16) Dublin City Council must use its influence with the relevant agencies and institutions to seek the provision of additional sports and recreational fields throughout Dublin.

(17) Dublin City Council must withdraw the services of its planning officers to any new planning application where a developer, company director or their agents represents a defaulting company with regard to outstanding Levies (debts) due to the City Council.

(18) Dublin City Council must publish the names of any parties and the relevant site location in which they are engaged in pre planning discussions at the time of the pre-planning process.

(19) Dublin City Council must establish the future legal ownership of the properties of any housing trust in which it is engaged with or in which it has entrusted property to.

(20) Dublin City Council must seek alternatives to the Public Private Partnership (PPP) approach to public housing and redevelopment. In the current economic climate this needs careful consideration. Extensive consideration on how will social and affordable housing be delivered during the lifetime of the up coming plan must be undertaken.

(21) Dublin City Council must ensure the proper maintenance of housing estates/flat complexes under its control to avoid these estates and complexes sinking into areas of deprivation and becoming unmanageable as has happened in previous years.

(22) Dublin City Council must acknowledge the historical and ideological values of many historical properties and must seek to ensure their retention and/or commemoration in a positive and meaningful way. The tourist potential must also be considered.

(23) Dublin City Council must acknowledge the current failure of Smithfield to develop into a vibrant community and must reconsider the whole project with a view to revitalizing the community and economic aspects. This must be done with full community engagement and participation at all stages.

(24) Dublin City Council should not consider the alteration of the Pelletstown area framework plan as requested by Ballymore properties unless the developers alone are willing to pay for a full and comprehensive community engagement and participation programme.

(26) Dublin City Council must ensure that a proper and extensive series of meetings, displays & talks takes place throughout Dublin to explain, engage and liaise with residents in relation to the preparation of the new City Development Plan. The initial stages of resident & community meetings were poorly advertised, poorly located, inadequate and failed to attract sufficient numbers as to make them acceptable as to an issue of such gravity as the new development plan.

(27) Dublin City Council must acknowledge that Planning documents and reports, development plans, Environmental reports, impact studies etc are written in a very specialist language. This is often very difficult for residents to read and fully comprehend. Every effort must be made to ensure residents have access to independent advice regarding planning & development

(28) Dublin City Council must ensure that there is transparency, including a forum of established resident’s / community associations to allow for input and discussion on how planning levies are spent in local communities.

(29) The delivery of “Community gain” must be a condition of any granting of planning permission on developments of over two units. “Community gain” should not be discretionary, and should not be used as a bargaining chip (or blackmail tool) by developers or planning bodies. Established resident/community associations must be included in decisions on use and benefit of “community gain”.

(30) Dublin City Council should support the principle of swift transfer of public land between public and state bodies when it’s in the National / City interest. This is to avoid projects being delayed and overpriced due to sectional interests amongst Public / State bodies.

(31) Dublin City Council should support the World Health Organisation guidelines for an "Age Friendly City". (As per attachment).

(32) Dublin City Council should express opposition to the current Departmental proposal to extend the granted planning permission timeframe to 10 years.

(33) Dublin City Council must commit itself to expanding and strengthening its role in planning enforcement. Enforcement in relation to issues such as noise pollution, dust pollution, after hours working, derelict property & especially alteration to original plans must be actively pursued. Under the Planning Act of 2000 only local Authorities can initiate legal proceedings on enforcement issues. I want Dublin City Council to seek a reversal to the pre-2000 position where this could be carried out by private citizens.