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FOREWORD

KEY ISSUES

Sustainability as a theme of the Master Plan

The ubiquity and frequent abuse of the word “sustainability” can be seen to devalue its sub- stance and its importance as a philosophical and practical foundation for public policy.

It will be seen throughout this Master Plan that all policies are linked to a governing goal of cre- ating sustainable communities, economies and environments as understood in the international treaties to which Ireland is party to as well as national objectives.

The centrality of “sustainability” to this Master Plan in turn requires that the Authority in its policy formation and implementation programme devise new methods and ‘tools’ to drive and direct the agenda, but also to monitor and measure its success: hence the notion of a ‘tool-kit’ elaborated in Part 8, ‘Implementation’ of the Master Plan.

The Authority recognises that increased pressure on resources worldwide and subsequent cost and quality of life implications for residential and working communities has resulted in a grow- ing desire for a more sustainable standard of living and working. The creation of a more sustainable built environment and community, in harmony with natural and built heritage, will prove beneficial to the new population of Docklands and also add value for developers to pro- mote the area.

The concept and objectives of sustainability will be integrated into each of the Planning Scheme areas. From the outset there will be a focus on Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability.

The Authority recognises that sustainability is a location dependent, whole society concept. In essence, it recognises that sustainable communities and new sustainable elements of the built environment are present in a single location but influence all of society through their interac- tions, their resource requirements and their longevity through generations of human habitation and use. Sustainable new communities and new developments will harmonise and interact with existing communities to the benefit of all.

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority is committed to the development of the Dock- lands as an international exemplar of sustainable development against which other urban re- generation schemes may be benchmarked.

This sustainability agenda is best captured by the concept of ‘Living in the Docklands’, which, in the context of this Master Plan, embraces all dimensions of humanity, learning, working, living, playing, visiting, growing up and growing old.

FIGURE 1 PLANNING MODEL

DUBLIN DOCKLANDS AREA MASTER PLAN 2008

STREET FURNITURE

SPORTS IN THE DOCKLANDS

MARITIME FESTIVAL

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