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What is a Master Plan?

A Masterplan comprises three dimensional images, maps and text illustrating how an area will be developed over time. A masterplan describes and maps an overall development concept, including present and future land use, urban design and landscaping, built form (where a building is positioned, how big it is, how is it accessed etc), infrastructure and circulation (pedestrian, cycle, car and public transport). It is based upon an understanding of a place and it provides a clear and consistent “blueprint” for the future.

Why do we need a Master Plan for the Harbour?

In order to assure the medium to long term sustainability of Dun Laoghaire harbour, its future must be considered and planned on a periodic basis. Dun Laoghaire Harbour is widely recognised as one of the finest man-made harbours in the world. As custodians of this valuable national asset, the Harbour Company has a duty to proactively plan and manage the function and heritage of the harbour estate.

How long will the Masterplanning process take?

The Masterplanning process will take a minimum of 6 months to complete. Thereafter the information and concepts presented in the Masterplan are intended to guide local planning proposals on uses of land and the provision of public facilities.

How will a Masterplan benefit the town?

The history of the town and the harbour are inextricably linked and they will continue to be mutually dependent. The harbour offers many opportunities to increase leisure, tourism and access to the sea that will enhance the appeal and attraction of the town and the region. We hope that the Harbour Masterplan will play a significant part in the future economic regeneration of Dun Laoghaire.

How will the process work?

The harbour company will consult with all the key stakeholders. We will hold a number of consultation exercises that will guide the project team’s work.

What areas will benefit from the Masterplan exercise?

The Masterplan will incorporate the whole of the harbour estate. (see map outlining the harbour area)

What will happen the Carlisle Pier?

The Masterplan project team will be considering a variety of options for the Carlisle pier. The most likely uses for the pier will include cultural and leisure facilities.

How will the Masterplan benefit the sailing community?

The Masterplan will encourage the growth of sailing activities in Dun Laoghaire harbour. The project team will be engaging with the sailing community throughout the process so that their views are fully reflected in the Masterplan.

How will the Masterplan benefit local businesses?

The harbour has a significant role to play in the future economic regeneration of the town. We believe that increased economic, cultural and leisure activity in the harbour will be good for business in Dun Laoghaire as a whole. We will carry out an economic impact assessment as part of the Masterplanning process.

How will the integral character of Dun Laoghaire be preserved?

Understanding the special character of Dun Laoghaire is an important element of the masterplanning process. We want to preserve and celebrate the town’s unique heritage. We will prepare a Heritage Management Plan that will help the Masterplan Project team to work with the cultural heritage values of the harbour to ensure its long – term sustainable protection.

Why Cruise ships?

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is committed to promoting Dun Laoghaire harbour as a leisure and tourism destination. Working together, the harbour and town have the potential to become a successful cruise call destination.

Will there be additional jobs?

We hope that the Masterplan will significantly assist the future economic development of the town and the creation of employment opportunities. We believe the best way to attract jobs, investment and enterprise is to develop a future vision for Dun Laoghaire harbour which is based on sound economic principles.

How is a Masterplan different from the County Development Plan recently prepared by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council?

The County Development Plan is produced by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Whereas the County Development Plan sets out the key development principles for the region, a masterplan is generally used for a specific site where there is a greater degree of detailed planning. Although a Masterplan may contain a large amount of information on elements such as building heights, spaces, movement, landscape type and predominant land uses, it also needs to allow a degree of flexibility In order to remain useful over time.

What is wrong with the Harbour the way it is and why change it?

There has been a long history of vibrant activity in Dun Laoghaire harbour. Recently, this activity has diminished due to a reduction in passenger ferry operations. In order to ensure the long term future of the harbour, we must develop strategies to encourage economic development, secure the harbour’s heritage and enable people to enjoy its many amenities.

Will the Harbour Masterplan address the potential for green initiatives?

Among the issues the Masterplan project team will consider are the potential for renewable energy and other green initiatives in the harbour area.
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