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Devel plan motions & explanations. res assoc


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Devel plan motions & explanations. res assoc

  1. 1. Agreed Motions for Draft Dublin City Development Plan from 20 Combined Residents Groups With explanations provided for clearer understanding in red font. Motion: (1) This Council agrees that section 17.6.2 (definition of a high rise building) be amended as follows: Low Rise: Up to 16 M Mid Rise: from 16 M to 32M High Rise: over 33 M This is almost the same definition as current draft except for the reduction in height attributed to Low Rise. We are calling for the definition of Low Rise to be retained at the historic Georgian height of Dublin (5 Storey). This is essential if we are to try and protect our established Residential Communities. At no stage could any reasonable person believe that 6 storeys is low rise. ( please see attached graph ) (2) All proposed new Low Rise buildings (up to 16M) but two residential storeys or more higher than the prevailing height in the vicinity shall be accompanied by an Urban Design Statement outlining: ●The context indicating a site and area analysis ● The design principles which have been applied to the site and how these will be translated to the development in terms of layout, density, scale, landscape, visual appearance and impact on amenities, including sunlight. ●Drawings, prospectus and photomontages to demonstrate how the approach has been applied on the site This is to ensure that any plan to build 2 or more storeys higher than an existing residence contains clear documentation on the proposal, the need and demand for the proposal while also providing assurances that the adjoining residences will not suffer adversely. (3) This Council agrees to amend the Density Standards chart at 17.3 of the draft Development plan be amended to state: Dublin City Council accepts the standards set out in the DoEHLG guidelines on Sustainable Residential Development in Urban Areas which clearly states ‘ minimum net densities of 50 dwellings per hectare, subject to appropriate design and amenity standards, should be applied within public transport corridors with the highest densities being located at rail stations/bus stops and decreasing with distance from such nodes’. The figure of 50 dwellings is a MINIMUM density. It is also the guideline figure from the Departnent of Environments own Planning Regulations. We are not seeking a reduction in dwelling densities, we are actually seeking the imposition of Government guidelines. The lack of clarity on the imposition of Government guidelines by several local authorities may have a part to play in the recent
  2. 2. announcement by the Minister for the Environment with regard to Independent planning reviews. (4) This Council agrees to omit the word ‘Residential’ from the Z15 zoning objectives, under both permissible uses and open for consideration uses. The Z15 Zoning relates to Institutional & Religious lands. We cannot afford to see these valuable community amenities fall into the hands of Developers. Many of these green belts are used for sporting & recreational activities by local communities and schools. The attempt to include the word ‘residential’ is solely aimed at maximizing the profits of the landowners. This should not be a function of Dublin City Council. In addition, this inclusion of the word ‘residential’ would remove the democratic function of Councillors by taking away the right of local Councillors to rezone these lands individually if they so wished. That local democracy would be lost to Councillors who know the requirements of their local Communities. (5) This Council agrees that the plot ratio standards for the following zoning designations be amended in the draft Development Plan as follows: Z1 and Z2 (suburbs) indicative plot ratio 0.25 -1. 0:1 Z1 and Z2 (inner city ) 1.0-1.75:1 Z3 1.0 -1.5:1 Z6 (suburbs) 1.0 -1.5:1 Z6(inner city) 1.5 - 2.5:1 Z12 0.5 – 1.0:1 Z14 1.0 – 2.0:1 Z15 0.5-1.0:1 It is not possible to fully explain Plot Ratio in lay terms. It is a technical scale and it would be wrong for us to attempt to go into detail. The above figures are provided to us and agreed by various Planning Experts using guides from various European tables. Please be assured that the above ratios STILL allow for extensive developments and are not, as some officials claim, unsuitable for a modern City. They allow new development ratios while retaining some control over the established character of our City.
  3. 3. Height Motions : GRAPH Dear Councillor, Please look at this graph and Understand our concerns over the so called Low Rise alone. Two Storey Six Storey Eight Storey Sixteen Storey High Rise Existing Outer Suburb Inner City Mid – Rise 33 M plus Note: These heights may increase if the development site is within 1 KM of a train / metro transport point.