PLANS to determine traffic infrastructure and road layouts in the docklands in the coming years are nearing completion.
A report presented to City Hall's Strategic Planning, Economic Development and Enterprise committee outlined the current status of plans for the south docklands and Tivoli.
It is understood that these plans will inform the overall strategy for the areas, which are viewed as crucial in the long-term development of Cork city. The south docklands will be home to tens of thousands of homes and office blocks in the coming decades, with a number of sites already in development. On the other side of the river, it is anticipated that the Port of Cork land in Tivoli will be transformed into a new urban area the size of Blackrock.
City planners are working on detailed plans, including flood and traffic assessments. It is understood that plans will include new roads, bridges and, potentially, light rail or rapid bus corridors.
"Preparatory work is well advanced on new Local Area Plans for these areas to facilitate the development of new mixed use urban quarters located close to the city centre," said a report presented to councillors.
Traffic modelling in the area is described as 'at an advanced stage.'
"Land use scenarios are being tested. (Setting out a range of development levels that can be achieved with the provision of infrastructure, public transport, roads, bridges, cycleways, etc.)," the report states.
This has a current estimated completion of 'October 2018.'
The report 'will make recommendations as to traffic management measures to facilitate sustainable mobility patterns and achieve modal shift targets; and will shape phasing of development and delivery of infrastructure such as bridges and public transport.'
Work on a flood risk assessment for the area is also set to continue.
A further technical assessment that is 'vital to shape the built form of the docklands area', including 'street/block layouts' and the public realm is also nearing completion.
Work has also commenced on a framework plan for the Tivoli area. This will identify 'strategic infrastructural components and locations within the site such as roads, public transport routes, the mixed-used zone and amenity areas, etc.'
It is due to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.