FAC appointed Planning Consultant for College Green Traffic Management Measures and Civic Plaza EIS
Dublin City Council is advancing proposals for the redevelopment of College Green as a pedestrian friendly civic space and Civic Plaza. This is a key objective of the Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022, and part of the council’s overall policy to develop the city’s character by enhancing Dublin’s renowned streets, civic spaces and squares; and to create further new streets as part of the public realm. College Green/Dame Street is designated as a part of the Civic Spine of the City.
The City Plan recognises that ‘quality of place’, and ‘clean, green, safe’, is crucial to the economic success of the city, in attracting foreign and domestic investment, and in attracting and retaining key scarce talent, tourists, and residents. This complements the goal to promote and facilitate Dublin as a creative and innovative city that is globally competitive, internationally linked, attractive and open.
This project entails the removal of East-West traffic movement at College Green to allow for the creation of a Civic Plaza Area. The measures are designed to greatly improve the infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, generating a safe transit through a previously heavily trafficked area, assist in the efficient operation of Luas Cross City and provide a high-quality bus and tram north–south transport corridor.
Dublin City Council has decided that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must be prepared in accordance with Section 175 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended) which will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála for approval.
Working as part of Arup’s multi-disciplinary team, Future Analytics Consulting is responsible for all planning and socioeconomic elements of the EIS. Following on from the council’s public consultation in April, May and November 2016, we will be proactively engaging in consultation with stakeholders as part of the EIS process.