These were among the issues Dublin city councillors dealt with at a meeting Tuesday, as they move to put the finishing touches on the new city development plan for 2022–28.
Dublin city councillors voted for the policy to be in the next development plan. But that’s not what council managers put in the most recent draft.
While the plans often are to develop urgently needed new housing, residents say existing community and recreational spaces are also needed.
Local councillors are proposing to rezone it for recreational use instead, so that the playing fields there can be opened back up and retained.
It is out for public consultation until 14 February. As of 1 February, there were five submissions online to the culture chapter.
“It is important that we transition away from the private car and fossil fuel based mobility”, Dublin City Council’s draft development plan for 2022–28 says.
The move is based on research predicting a falling share of one-person households in the Liberties and the north inner-city.
Councillors said some sites are being used as open space, or green space, or parking – and they worry rezoning won’t get affordable homes built anyway.
Councillors from several parties have banded together to back the motion. Dublin City Council CEO Owen Keegan says that’s not what zoning is for.
These included a change that would affect a proposal to build 657 homes near St Anne’s Park.