A number of Residents Associations have requested that I submit and support the following motions in my name – Councillor Cieran Perry:


Motions for Amendments to the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 - 2017


No. 1

We propose that the Density Standards at Par. 17.3 of the Proposed Draft Plan 2011 – 2017 be amended to reflect the standards set out in the The DoEHLG Guidelines on Sustainable Residential Development in Urban Areas. At Par 5.8 of the Guidelines it is stated:

“In general, 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 away from such nodes.”

MOTION:

This Council resolves to amend the third section ‘Public Transport Catchments’ of the Density Standards chart at 17.3 of the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017 to omit:

“Minimum densities of 75 units per hectare will be promoted within catchments.”

and to replace it with:

“Minimum densities of 50 units per hectare will be promoted within catchments”

 

No. 2

The DoEHLG Guidelines on Sustainable Residential Development in Urban Areas states at Par. 5.6:

“In order to maximise inner city and town centre population growth, there should, in principle, be no upper limit on the number of dwellings that may be provided within any town or city centre site, subject to the following safeguards:
• Compliance with plot ratio and site coverage standards adopted in development plans.”

In light of this, it is appropriate that plot ratio and site coverage standards be specified for any zoning designation within which residential use is permitted or open for consideration. Due to the failure to specify such standards in the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017 we propose the following:

MOTION:

This Council resolves that plot ratio standards for the following zoning designations be added to the existing proposed designations in the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017 at Par.17.4, as follows:

“Zones Z1 and Z2 (Suburbs) Indicative Plot Ratio 0.5-1.0:1
Zones Z1 and Z2 (Inner City) Indicative Plot Ratio 1.0-1.75:1
Zone Z3 Indicative Plot Ratio 1.5:1
Zone Z6 Indicative Plot Ratio (Suburbs) 1.5:1
Zone Z6 Indicative Plot Ratio (Inner City) 2.0:1
Zone Z10B Indicative Plot Ratio 1.5:1
Zone Z15 Indicative Plot Ratio 0.5-1.0:1”

Additionally, the following plot ratios set out at Par. 17.4 of the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017 should be amended as follows:

Zone Z10A should be amended from “2.0-2.5:1” to “2.0:1”
Zone Z14 should be amended from “2.5-3.0:1” to “2.0:1”

 

No. 3

In line with Par. 5.6 of the DoEHLG Guidelines on Sustainable Residential Development in Urban Areas, we also propose additions and amendments to the Site Coverage Standards set out at Par. 17.5 of the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017 as follows:

MOTION:

This Council resolves that site coverage standards for the following zoning designations be added to the existing proposed designations of the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017 at Par.17.5 as follows:

“Zone Z1 Indicative Site Coverage 45%
Zone Z2 Indicative Site Coverage 45%
Zone Z3 Indicative Site Coverage 60%
Zone Z6 Indicative Site Coverage (Inner City) 60%
Zone Z6 Indicative Site Coverage (Suburbs) 45%
Zone Z10A Indicative Site Coverage 50%
Zone Z10B Indicative Site Coverage (Developed area) 45%
Zone Z14 Indicative Site Coverage 45%
Zone Z15 Indicative Site Coverage (Developed areas) 45%”

The following site coverage standards should be amended:

“Zone Z5 80%-100%” should be amended to “Zone Z5 90%”

 

No. 4

The Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017 acknowledges the reality that Dublin is a predominantly low-rise city. At Par.3.2.1.1 it states: “An emphasis on the contribution that good streets and architecture can make to regeneration and a re-affirmation that Dublin will remain a predominantly low rise city with defined height in limited locations is also central to this priority.” Again, in the introduction to Ch.4 it states: “This Development Plan also emphasises the contribution that good places, streets and buildings can make to regeneration and reaffirms Dublin as a predominantly low-rise city with height in limited locations”.

In line with the above, and to avoid inconsistency, we propose that Par. 17.6. and Par.4.4.4.1 be amended as follows:

MOTION:

This Council resolves to omit the following from Par.17.6 of the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017:

“Dublin City Council acknowledges the intrinsic quality of Dublin as a low to medium rise City and it is policy that it should predominantly remain so”

and replace it with:

“Dublin City Council acknowledges the intrinsic quality of Dublin as a low rise City and it is policy that it should predominantly remain so”

Further, this Council resolves to omit the following from Par.4.4.4.1:

“Dublin City Council acknowledges the intrinsic quality of Dublin as a low to medium-rise city and considers that it should predominantly remain so”

and to replace it with:

“Dublin City Council acknowledges the intrinsic quality of Dublin as a low rise City and considers that it should predominantly remain so”

 

No. 5

The Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017 also refers to the character of Dublin, its contribution to tourism, and the need to protect it:

“Dublin’s tourism industry relies largely on the city’s built heritage, with its unique character and identity…”
“The challenge for the next decade is to protect the unique character and qualities that characterise the city and create its attractiveness.”

Since a key component of Dublin’s character is its intimate scale due to the absence of high buildings, great care must be taken not to risk damaging this character. This becomes an imperative when, as is stated in the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017:

“Dublin City Council will take the following approach to protecting and enhancing the city’s built heritage:
Investigating the potential for Dublin to be designated as a World Heritage Site”

Given the low-rise nature of the city, the reality is that a building of 10 residential storeys must be considered a high building anywhere in the city which, by-and-large, has a generality of height of 4/5 storeys. In light of this, changes should be made to the chart at 17.6.2, ‘Definition of a High Building’.

MOTION:

This Council resolves that, the ‘Definition of a High Building’ in the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017 be amended as follows:

Omit the following from Par. 17.6.2:

“High Buildings are defined in the Dublin context as follows:

Mid-rise 25m-50m 8-16 Residential Storeys, 6-12 Office storeys
High 50m plus 16+ Residential Storeys, 12+ Office storeys”

and replace it with the following:

“High Buildings are defined in the Dublin context as follows:

Mid-rise 18m- 30m 6-10 Residential storeys, 5-7 Office storeys
High-rise 30m plus 10 + Residential storeys, 7+ Office storeys”

 

No. 6

In accordance with the amendments as per Motion No.5, we propose that Par. 17.6.1 and Par. 4.4.4.1 be amended as follows:

MOTION:

This Council resolves that the following be omitted from Par 17.6.1 of the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017:

“Areas 1-5: Potential for 50m plus (12 storey office / 16 storey residential)”

“Areas 6-15: Potential for 25m-50m (6 storey office / 8 storey residential)”

and be replaced by the following:

“Areas 1-5: Potential for 30m plus (7+ storey office / 10+ storey residential)”

“Areas 6-15: Potential for 18m-30m (5-7 storey office / 6-10 storey residential)”

Additionally, the following should be omitted from Par.4.4.4.1:

“In addition, it is policy to retain the remaining areas of the city to a maximum height of 25m (8 storeys for residential development) and proposals must respect their context in all cases.”

and be replaced by:

“In addition, it is policy to retain the remaining areas of the city to a maximum height of 18m (6 storeys for residential development) and proposals must respect their context in all cases”

Additionally, this Council resolves that any other related references to building heights in the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017, as well as all maps/figs. referring to heights in the city, be changed to accurately reflect the amendments proposed in these motions.

 

No. 7

In accordance with the amendments as per Motion No.5 and Motion No.6 and to ensure appropriate regard for the receiving environment, we propose that Par No. 17.6.1 be amended as follows:

MOTION:

This Council resolves that the following be omitted from Par 17.6.1 of the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017:

“All proposed buildings less than mid-rise in height (25m) but more than two storeys (6m) 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.”

and replaced with:

“All proposed buildings less than mid-rise in height (18m) but more than one storey (3m) 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.”


No.10

Given the requirement to protect our built heritage, particularly since it is a stated policy (FC52) of the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 –2017 to support the designation of Dublin as a World Heritage Site which would be of enormous benefit to the tourist industry, there is a need to have robust conservation provisions within the new Plan. In light of this we propose that:

MOTION:

This Council resolves to re-instate Par. 15.10.4. of the Dublin City Development Plan 2005-2011 in its entirety into the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 - 2017:

“Development in Conservation Areas

All new buildings should complement and enhance the character and setting of conservation areas. In considering proposals for development in conservation areas, it is policy to have particular regard to:

• The effect of the proposed development on buildings and the surrounding environment, both natural and man-made
• The impact of development on the immediate streetscape in terms of compatibility of design, scale, height, plot width, roof treatment, materials, landscaping, mix and intensity of use proposed.

Development within conservation areas should be so designed so as not to constitute a visually obtrusive or dominant form of development. New alterations and extensions should complement existing buildings/structures in terms of design, external finishes, colour, texture, windows/doors/roof/chimney/design and other details.

The Planning Authority discourages the use of uPVC or aluminium in windows, fascias and doors in historic buildings that are not protected. Proposals for the application of cement render to the external fabric of older buildings will not be encourages in conservation areas. In assessing development proposals, the Planning Authority will seek the retention of mature trees (those in good condition) which contribute to the character of conservation areas where appropriate.

In conservation areas, no advertising material other than brass or stone name-plate type signs will be permitted. On commercial properties leading into such areas, advertising will be severely restricted, and shall only relate to the service provided in the premises. In dealing with all advertising in conservation areas, the overriding consideration will be the enhancement and protection of the essential visual qualities of the area. Where applications for security cameras are proposed, every effort should be made to conceal the device and to employ best available technology, including the smallest scale of device available, to ensure that the device would not be obtrusive and would not detract from the integrity of the conservation area.

In conservation areas, the development of housing between the main house and the mews building, particularly on corner sites, has had a detrimental effect on the visual and residential amenities of these areas. Hence, backland development will not be permitted in conservation areas where the development proposed would introduce a third line of building between the main building and its associated mews.”

 

No. 11

Given the requirement to protect our built heritage, particularly since it is stated in the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011- 2017 to be a policy (FC52) of Dublin City Council to support the designation of Dublin as a World Heritage Site which would be of enormous benefit to the tourist industry, there is a need to have robust conservation provisions within the new Plan.

MOTION:

This Council resolves to reinstate in full Par.15.10.2 of the Dublin City Development Plan 2005-2011 in its entirety into the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 - 2017:

“Development within the Curtilage and Setting of Protected Structures

In considering applications for development within the curtilage of a protected structure, the Planning Authority shall have regard to the following:

• The protected status of the structure and the need to protect its special character
• The various elements of the structure which give the protected structure its special character and how these would be impacted on by the proposed development
• Proximity of any new development to the main protected structure and any other buildings of heritage value
• The design of the new development, which should relate to and complement the special character of the protected structure

An insistence on quality will be a foremost consideration when assessing proposals for development within the curtilage of protected structures, with particular emphasis on siting, building lines, proportions, scale, massing, height, roof treatment and materials. This does not preclude innovative contemporary buildings which can contribute to the richness of the historical context. Materials shall be appropriate to the locality and sympathetic to the existing buildings.
Development proposals should include an appraisal of the wider context of the site or structure. This appraisal should examine the visual impact and design of the proposal and should address issues including the grain of historic settings, sensitivity to scale and context, views and the design of innovative quality architecture which would complement the setting of the protected structure. The Planning Authority will seek to retain the traditional proportionate relationship in scale between buildings, their returns, gardens and mews structures, and shall also seek to retain gardens and mature trees (those in good condition) which contribute to the character of a protected structure, as soft landscape.”

 

No.12

Given the lack of adequate provisions in the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017 to promote urban design principles in all development proposals, and the requirement to protect our built heritage, particularly since it is a stated policy (FC52) of the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 – 2017 to support the designation of Dublin as a World Heritage Site which would be of enormous benefit to the tourist industry, there is a need to have robust conservation provisions within the Plan. In light of this we propose that:

Motion:
This Council resolves to re-instate the following section of Par. 3.3.1 of the Dublin City Development Plan 2005-2011 into the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 - 2017:

“Built Heritage

To maintain and enhance the potential of protected structures and other buildings of architectural/historic merit to contribute to the cultural character and identity of the place, including identifying appropriate viable contemporary uses

New Development

• To establish the highest standards of contemporary architecture
• To create a strong visual connection with adjoining buildings in the streetscape
• To compliment the established pattern of development in the immediate environs, with particular regard to the established grain, scale, massing, materials and colour of the built fabric
• To determine an appropriate height, scale and massing to define the street or space
• To reinforce the definition of the space/street by relating to an established common building line and enclosing the building stock
• All designs for new buildings including housing should be founded on a sustainable ethos, manifest and measurable in the use of solar and other energy resources. In this regard, the use of innovative materials and architectural designs to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of our buildings will be encouraged”

 

No.13

Given the requirement to protect our built heritage, particularly since it is stated in the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011- 2017 to be a policy (FC52) of Dublin City Council to support the designation of Dublin as a World Heritage Site which would be of enormous benefit to the tourist industry, there is a need to have robust conservation provisions within the Plan

Motion:
This Council resolves to re-instate the following section of Par. 10.2.1 of the Dublin City Development Plan 2005-2011 into the Proposed Draft Development Plan 2011 - 2017:

“The special value of conservation areas lies in the architectural design and scale of these areas and is of sufficient importance to require special care in dealing with development proposals and works by the private and public sector alike. Dublin City Council will thus seek to ensure that development proposals within all conservation areas complement the character of the area, including the setting of protected structures, and comply with development standards.”

 

No.14

Remove the reference to rezoning of the Grangegorman lands.