6 May 2015

Launch, Cork City Development Plan, 2015-2021

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    The Cork City Development Plan 2015 – 2021 will be launched at the Atrium, City Hall, at 5.45pm, Thursday 7th May 2015 by the Lord Mayor Councillor Mary Shields. The Chief Executive Ann Doherty, Council Staff and key Stakeholders will also be present.
  Speaking about the new Plan, Lord Mayor Cllr. Mary Shields said, “There are strong signs that Cork City is emerging from the economic challenges that we have all experienced in recent years. There is still some way to go but we are on the road to recovery. I am confident that the new City Development Plan will help guide the renewal and development of the city for the benefit of residents, business people and visitors alike over the next 6 years.”
   The City Development Plan is Cork City Council’s primary planning policy document, which sets out the vision and framework for the sustainable growth and development of the city for the period up to 2021. The Plan is also the main reference point in determining planning applications.
  The vision for Cork is to be a successful, sustainable regional capital and to achieve a high quality of life for its citizens and a robust local economy by balancing the relationship between community, economic development and environmental quality… a place where people want to live, work, visit and invest.
   Key goals include increasing the City’s population, quality of life and social inclusion, promoting sustainable modes of transport, integrating land use and transportation, maintaining and protecting Cork’s unique form, character and landscape, tackling climate change through reduced energy usage and mitigating flood risk.  
    The development strategy focuses new development in appropriate locations, in particular, brownfield lands in key development areas such as the City Centre, Docklands, Mahon, Blackpool, the North-West Regeneration Area and Tivoli. The Plan ensures that there is adequate physical infrastructure to serve new development such as key transport links, public transportation services and flood defences.
   The Plan recognises that a healthy city centre is essential for the city region as a whole and as such the Plan has an increased emphasis on city centre regeneration to ensure it continues to be the economic, social and cultural heart of the city. Effective implementation of the City Centre Strategy will be key in this regard. The redevelopment of the north and south docks is the most significant development opportunity for the city region and is critical to achieving the city’s ambitious population and employment targets. The planned relocation of the Port of Cork from Tivoli will provide another significant redevelopment opportunity in the medium to long term. 
   The Plan seeks to improve suburban neighbourhoods and their facilities, including new city parks such as Marina Park and the Tramore Valley Park and public realm improvements; on increasing resilience to climate change through flood risk management; on making the most of the city’s existing physical and cultural assets and optimising their contribution to the quality of life of residents and visitors alike.
   The City Development Plan is made up of Three Volumes. Volume 1 is the Written Statement; Volume 2 is the Mapped Objectives; Volume 3 is the Specific Built Heritage Objectives. Supporting Documents include the Environmental Assessments, Joint Retail Strategy and Joint Housing Strategy.
   Copies of the Plan are available for examination at the planning counter, City Hall and the City Libraries or the website www.corkcitydevelopmentplan.ie  The Plan may be purchased at the planning counter, City Hall. For further information please contact the Planning Policy section at 4924086 or 4924757 or email planningpolicy@corkcity.ie

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