Rezoning of Davitt Road

As part of the Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022 certain areas in Dublin have been deemed to be under utilised and require development to increase employment within the city, protect and develop residential areas, protect community and public amenities and conserve the environment and nature’s wildlife.

Variations to the Dublin City Development Plan 2016 – 2022 will be going on public display from Friday 29th November 2019, to the Wednesday January 8th 2020 (inclusive of the Christmas period).

Variation documentation are available to inspect at the Area Offices at Wood Quay and Crumlin.

  • The details of the proposed Variations will also be available to inspect in hard copy at the Civic Offices in Wood Quay
  • Details of the Variations can be accessed online on the Council’s Citizenspace consultation portal:
  • Submissions or observations may be made 
    • Online through Citizenspace, by email to, or
    • By post to the following address: Ms. Avril Feeney, Administrative Officer, Planning and Property Development Department, Block 4, Floor 3, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.
  • If you require any further information or assistance please contact Emma Gosnell or Patricia Hennessy

As part of this Development Plan sites along the Grand Canal have been proposed for high rise development up to and including a maximum height of nine stories. The industrial area of Davitt Road is planned for a mixture of residential and retail development. Davitt Road has been rezoned from Z6 (Employment) to a Z1 (Residential) zone.


PROPOSAL From: Zoning Objective Z6 – To provide for the creation and protection of enterprise and facilitate opportunities for employment creation. To: Zoning Objective Z1 – To protect, provide and improve residential amenities.

This report relates to Z6 lands (c1.8h in area) located on Davitt Road, in the south west inner suburbs (just outside the canals) in Drimnagh. The site is served by Luas (Red Line) and bus. The lands comprise light industrial uses and commercial. The lands are bounded by Davitt Road to the north, Benbulbin Road to the west, Galtymore Road to the south and by the Good Counsel GAA club to the east.


The Z6 lands reviewed comprise low scale / low intensity employment uses with obvious vacancy and dereliction. Given the inner suburban location of the lands which are serviced by the Luas Red Line, it is considered that this is an inefficient use of these lands. It is considered that a change of land use zoning from Z6 (employment) to residential would be appropriate for these lands.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

The Planning Authority has determined that the proposed Variation would not be likely to have significant effects on the environment, taking account of relevant criteria set out in Schedule 2A of the Planning and Development Regulations, 2001, as amended, and taking into account observations by the EPA dated 25th November 2019 and Inland Fisheries dated 21st November 2019;

Appropriate Assessment

An Appropriate Assessment Screening was undertaken of the proposed variation of the Dublin City Development Plan, in accordance with the requirements of Article 6(3) of the EU Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) and EU Birds Directive (79/409/EEC). The Stage 1 Screening determines that Appropriate Assessment of the proposed Variation (the draft Land use plan) is not required as the proposal, individually or in combination with other plans or projects, is not likely to have a significant effect on a European Site. On this basis, Dublin City Council as Competent Authority (in compliance with Part XAB of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended), has determined that an Appropriate Assessment of the proposed Variation is not required The observation from Inland Fisheries Ireland dated 21st November 2019 was taken into account.

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