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The roll out of the City Edge Project will take place across three phases:
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Phase 1 - Baseline Analysis, Emerging Preferred Scenario and Strategic Framework

Phase 1 Stages

The process for the formulation of a Strategic Framework, which marks the end of Phase 1 of the City Edge Project, comprised 3 main stages:

Stage 1: Baseline Analysis – This was undertaken for City Edge with respect to its current characteristics and performance, and its relationship to the City, Region, and Country.

Stage 2A: Scenario Testing – To determine a preferred role and trajectory for City Edge a process of scenario testing was undertaken. High-level strategic scenarios for the future of City Edge across a series of scales – Country, Region, City, Site – and roles were formulated and appraised against the emerging objectives and vision.

Stage 2B: Strategic Framework – The creation of a Strategic Framework for City Edge, building on the Preferred Scenario, setting out the high-level trajectory and role for regeneration of City Edge to create a new liveable, sustainable, regenerative and resilient urban quarter.
The City Edge Strategic Framework is the culmination of Phase 1.

Stage 1: A Baseline Analysis

Stage 1 Baseline Analysis was carried out in the project area with respect to the characteristics of the area as it is currently and under the following themes:

  • Community;
  • Housing;
  • Employment;
  • Economy;
  • Transport;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Historical and Archaeological Features; and
  • Environmental Aspects.

The findings from the Baseline Analysis Report were then used to  inform Stages 2A  (Scenario Testing) and 2B (Strategic Framework) of Phase 1.

Stage 2A: Emerging Preferred Scenario

To determine a direction of travel and identify an Emerging Preferred Scenario for the City Edge Lands, three high level land use and urban centre scenarios were assessed against the emerging objectives and vision for the City Edge Project Study Area as well as key constraints and opportunities identified during the Baseline Analysis.  The scenarios were:

  1. Major commercial centre at a national scale;
  2. Enterprise & urban industry-led mixed-use; and
  3. Residential-led mixed-use.

To identify a preferred scenario, elements from each of the three scenarios were assessed against various criteria.  Those elements that performed the best were combined, to produce the Emerging Preferred Scenario.  Within this scenario, key character areas were identified including:

  • A major urban centre;
  • Local centres with high street activity;
  • Clusters of urban-industry & workspaces;
  • Areas for housing and workspace.

A four-week non-statutory public consultation on the Emerging Preferred Scenario and on accompanying documents took place from 9th September to 6th October 2021. Feedback and responses to submissions were collated under a Chief Executive’s Report that was noted by the Elected Members of South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council in December 2021.  This helped to inform the formulation of a Strategic Framework under Stage 2B.

Stage 2B: Strategic Framework

The next stage of the project involved the preparation of a Strategic Framework for the City Edge area which sets out a high level strategy for regeneration of the area to create a new liveable, sustainable and climate resilient urban quarter over the coming decades.  The Strategic Framework was informed by –

  • The Baseline Study which gives the current profile of the area;
  • The Emerging Preferred Scenario which sets out a high-level direction for the project in terms of type of development and location;
  • Submissions received during the public consultation on the Emerging Preferred Scenario;
  • Supporting Studies and Strategies on:
    • International Best Practice Housing;
    • The Economic Proposition;
    • Climate Action;
    • Movement and Transport;
    • Parks and Open Spaces;
    • Seveso Sites and Constraints; and
    • Surface Water Management, Flood Risk and Sustainable Urban Drainage.

The City Edge Strategic Framework was noted by the Elected Members of South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council in May and June 2022 respectively.

The purpose of the Strategic Framework is to set out a high-level approach and transformational trajectory for the regeneration of a new liveable, sustainable and climate resilient urban quarter. In summary, this non-statutory document:

  • Sets out high-level strategies for the regeneration of City Edge, including an overarching vision and strategic objectives;
  • Proposes the delivery of strategic infrastructure including streets, parks, public transport and utilities;
  • Outlines a series of priority actions in the areas of legislation, policy, funding and infrastructure to facilitate the future development of City Edge;
  • Seeks the support of government departments and state agencies including alignment of relevant policies and programmes and allocation of funding in order to deliver the City Edge vision; and
  • Provides a context for the preparation of a statutory plan to provide more detailed guidance for the future development of the area

The Strategic Framework does not represent a plan or framework for development consent and will be followed by a more comprehensive Statutory Plan under Phase 2 of the City Edge Project, which will guide development at a finer level of detail.

Phase 2 - Plan Making

Plan Making

To progress the regeneration process for City Edge and the Strategic Framework, a statutory plan will be progressed under Phase 2 of the project. In the interim, Dublin City Council (DCC) will need to progress a variation to the City Development Plan to change the zoning of lands within the City Boundary. South Dublin County Council (SDCC) will also need to progress Development Plan Variations to provide a statutory footing for consideration of planning applications within the SDCC part of City Edge, until a statutory plan is in place.

Following the variations, both SDCC and DCC will jointly progress the transboundary statutory plan. This will either take the form of Local Area Plan (LAP) or Urban Development Zone (UDZ) Planning Scheme (should legislation providing for this be enacted). The work that has been carried out during the preparation of the City Edge Strategic Framework, together with progress on its Priority Actions, will contribute to the formulation of the statutory plan.

The preparation of the statutory plan will also involve significant further consultation and engagement with all stakeholders including residents, community groups, businesses, employees, interest groups, land owners, state bodies, state agencies and Government Departments. Once adopted, the statutory plan will provide comprehensive and detailed guidance on how the City Edge Area will evolve and develop into an attractive, sustainable and climate resilient mixed use, higher-density urban quarter.

Phase 3 - Implementation

Implementation

Following the preparation and adoption of a Transboundary Statutory Plan for the City Edge Lands, the City Edge Project will move from a Plan Stage to a Project Stage.

Under Phase 3, a coordinated and plan led approach will need to be progressed by both the public and private sectors for the planning, financing and delivery of housing, employment, a mix of uses and infrastructure including transport, parks and community facilities. Realising the scale of ambition will also require strong governance/oversight as well as sustained political and economic support.

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