The next steps for the Cork County Development Plan, which will detail the aspirations of the local authority for a next six years from completion, is to be outlined today at a council meeting at County Hall.
The timeline for the plan has been considerably slowed down by the Covid pandemic, with the consultation period extended over the summer months to give members of the public additional time to contribute ideas and suggestions that could be incorporated into the plan.
Carrigaline Fianna Fáil Councillor Seamus McGrath said it was looking likely the council would be presented with a draft plan in the new year, with the final document potentially adopted in 2022.
There are three public consultation processes attached to the development of the plan, with the first recently completed.
Speaking about the plan, Mr McGrath said it was a significant milestone to be developing the first plan for the new Cork County which was established after the boundary extension to the city.
Discussing things he felt were integral to the plan, Mr McGrath said density and green spaces were proving to be more and more vital in the Covid era, with gardens and outdoor amenities in high demand during the lockdowns and restricted phases.
The Fianna Fáil Councillor also said improving the infrastructure surrounding sustainable transport was another aspect of life that became in glaring need of upgrade during the ongoing pandemic.
“You can see people making their own way to work or to the urban centres because they don’t want to share a car with someone or use public transport and that has led to increased walkers and cyclists and shown the need for improved infrastructure in this capacity.”
Mr McGrath said that Cork needs to follow in the footsteps of London and other major cities that have high volumes of commuters using sustainable means such as bicycles.
“We need to move in that direction,” Mr McGrath said.