A City Councillor has called on people living and working in Cork city to ensure they contribute to the public consultation process for the City Development Plan 2022-2028.
So far, 57 submissions have been received on the document that will shape the future of the city over most of the next decade.
Green Party Councillor Lorna Bogue said that the more people who get involved in consultation processes the better as it’s a direct line to city officials, but it also makes it easier for Councillors to fight for changes on behalf of constituents.
“It actually makes my job as a Green in Council a lot easier if these goals are involved at a high level in the Development plan.
“People come to councillors as kind of gate-keepers sometimes. It sometimes feels it’s enough just to contact us and tell us what an issue is. A lot of the time it is, but sometimes we do need people to just directly tell the council themselves what the problems are,” Ms Bogue said.
She added that particularly with strategic documents and consultations, she would like to see a lot more involvement from people in general.
People have until August 21 to get their submissions in on a number of different categories, including connectivity in the city, urban design, a diverse economy and delivering homes.
This is the first of three formal public consultations. Once a draft plan is agreed, that will also go to public consultation, and further amendments to the plan will also be put to the public at a later date.
Councillor Bogue highlighted the number of submissions in comparison to the number of people living and working in the city.
“This is the plan for the city for the next five years, so, if people could input into that it would be brilliant.
“Lots of people have lots of different experiences, so they could put things in there that would never occur to me.
“Even just take ten minutes and even if it’s just a couple of sentences - that’s fine. You don’t have to have everything worked out yourself, just put in what you would like to see happen with Cork city over the next five years basically.”
The preparation of a City Development Plan involves a 13 step process and should be completed within a two year period. Plans such as this are renewed every six years and provide a roadmap for the future of the city.