Once the plans are made public, city officials are confident the development of the 220-hectare site will progress rapidly.
Under the Cork City Development Plan, the massive brownfield site is earmarked for the delivery of almost 10,000 houses and nearly 30,000 jobs.
Major plans for a rapid transit corridor are included, as are vast amounts of office, retail and residential developments.
Local Area Plans for the North and South Docks are being prepared presently, with officials at City Hall confirming that these are expected to be published by ‘quarter two of 2018’.
Workshops took place earlier this year to inform the drafting of the two new proposals, while the City is also in the process of completing a number of essential studies to inform the plans.
This includes a full assessment of the flood protection in the area as the current Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme does not take into account the area earmarked for major development.
Pat Ledwidge, deputy chief executive of Cork City Council, confirmed the plans are expected to be finalised early next year before being put out to public consultation and amended if needed. “We expect them in quarter two next year and, from there, it is quite a quick process to implement them,” he said.
Mr Ledwidge described it as a ‘fundamental milestone’ in the development of the area.
Prior to publication, Cork City Council is due to conduct a number of essential studies in the area to inform the final