HOW can people and economic activity be attracted back to Limerick City?
That’s just one of the questions being asked by Limerick City and County Council as the starting line on Limerick’s first ever combined Development Plan is crossed.
The local authority wants to hear from members of the public, children, businesses, community groups and other interested stakeholders and find out their vision for Limerick.
The Limerick Development Plan is the first combined plan for Limerick City and County since the merger of the two local authorities in 2014 and is one of the most important functions of the council.
The plan will be the blueprint for the physical and socio-economic development of Limerick over a six year period up to 2028 and beyond and will set out the overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the city and county as a whole.
The Council also want your opinions on how compact sustainable communities can be created to support towns and villages.
The plan will also consider where new housing and new retail space should be located.
“The process encourages public engagement to provide the blueprint for the development of Limerick, physically, economically and socially in a sustainable manner,” Mayor Michael Collins explained.
The publication this week of the Issues Paper is the first step in a 99-week process in the making of the Limerick Development Plan. By law the Council must have its Development Plan agreed and published within this timeframe.
This consultation document presents an overview of the main planning and development issues in Limerick.
The Council maintains that the public’s input into this process by considering the “bigger picture” issues facing Limerick, is central to its success.
“This project is one of the most important and strategic functions of the local authority. The publication of the Issues Paper is the first step in the plan making process and it sets out some of the key issues for Limerick,” said Council chief executive Dr Pat Daly.