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Transcript - Part 1

(The video opens with a selection of people talking to camera about the kind of city they would like to live in.)

"I'd like a city with a shorter commute to work. I don't want a city where I'm travelling two or three hours to or from work every day."

"I want a city with less congestion and CO2 emissions."

"I want a city based on cheaper, more efficient energy."

"I'd like to see a cleaner, more beautiful city."

"I'd like to see a city that embraces culture."

"I want a city that promotes innovation."

"I want an accessible city, that's easy to get into and easy to get out, you know?"

"I would like to see the preservation of local shops, and to make it possible for local shops to exist and survive for the future."

"I want a city that's got a good plan in place in case of flooding, you know?"

"I'd like a city with better broadband experience, which is vital for business."

"I want a city that has an exciting nightlife and lots of things to do."

"I'd love a city with more green spaces; more room for kids to play and people to walk around at lunchtime."

"I want a city where I'm easily accessible to shop and work and entertainment."

"I want a city that has suitable accommodation for me and my family."

(Music begins. Various images of Dublin city appear.)

Narrator: At the beginning of 2010, Dublin City is at a turning point. Recent economic events have stalled the rapid construction of the last decade. For the first time in years we have a chance to step back and review how the city has developed. Looking ahead, we have an opportunity to determine what kind of future we want to build...what kind of city we want to live in.

(Graphic animation appears showing the Dublin City Development Plan logo and book.)

In 2010, Dublin City Council is seizing this opportunity. In collaboration with the community, it's creating a new city development plan that will shape how Dublin grows for years to come. In 2010, we have a chance for change. But what exactly is a development plan, and how will it affect the people of Dublin?

(Graphic animation shows the book opening. The text 'Planning Laws' appears on a white page.)

Narrator: At the highest level, Ireland has planning laws with legal guidelines on things like housing, transport and the environment.

(Graphic animation moves to a second book. The text 'National Laws' appears on a white page.)

From these laws, governments develop long-term national and regional plans such as the National Spatial Strategy or Transport 21.

(Graphic animation moves to a third book. The text 'City Development Plan' appears on a white page.)

Local authorities, in consultation with councillors and the community, then create a Development Plan based on these national guidelines. The Dublin City Development Plan, 2011-17 is one such plan.

(Graphic animation moves to a fourth book. The text 'Local Area Plan' appears on a white page.)

Once a Development Plan is approved, the council create shorter, more detailed plans based on it. These are known as Local Area Plans or Master Plans.

(Graphic animation moves to a fifth book. The text 'Blueprints' appears on a white page.)

Finally, architects, planners and developers make planning applications and design buildings - such as apartments, schools or shopping centres - based on what's required for that local area.

(Graphic animation fades to aerial shots of a 3D model of Dublin city)

The whole process ensures that individual developments are in line with the broader, long-term interests of the city. A Development Plan is a set of guidelines and tasks that define how an area should be developed over a six year period, and explains the reasons why.

(Graphic animation shows two zoning maps are displayed.)

The plan includes zoning maps that indicate what kind of development should take place in different areas throughout the city.

(Graphic montage features the Draft Dublin City Development Plan logo and book, a map of Dublin city and the Dublin City Council offices.)

The new Dublin City Development Plan contains many fresh, original ideas that haven't been seen before. It emphasizes Dublin not simply as a city, but as a city region. It requires annual progress reports to be published, and commits to using new technology to increase consultation with the public.

(Graphic animation shows a timeline that starts at the year 2010 and extends to 2030.)

But most importantly, the plan takes a new approach that looks beyond the next six years and sets out a vision of Dublin in 2030.

The Dublin City Development Plan sets out policies and objectives to create a sustainable and vibrant city at the heart of the Greater Dublin Region. This plan guides how and where development will take place in the city over the next 6 years. This plan was adopted by Dublin City Council at a special adjourned meeting on 24th November 2010 and came into effect on 22nd December 2010. To view the Dublin City Development Plan, click here.

This site was prepared to provide an overview of the draft Plan as it was discussed throughout 2010. During periods of public consultation, it facilitated discussion by highlighting elements of the plan and providing links to an online forum where they could be discussed.