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Dublin Chamber recognises the crucial role of Local Government in determining the direction of the city and the Region.  With this in mind Dublin Chamber regularly makes submissions to consultations organised by Local Government, as well as contributing to proposals for the reform of local government.

On a broad level, the Chamber champions the development and advancement of Dublin from being a good to a great international city. In order to successfully compete with other city regions internationally, greater density and height must be accommodated, particularly between the canals. This will markedly increase the returns from investment in infrastructure, and particularly transport.

Greater density and height will also assist in the delivery of additional capacity in commercial space, hotels and housing. Strategic Development Zones offer a way of speeding up the delivery of urgently needed additional commercial space, hotels and housing. In the same way, a number of areas in Dublin city centre offer potential as Strategic Development Regeneration Areas.

Dublin Chamber has continually advocated for the reduction in Commercial Rates, which are used as a balancing item for local authority budgets.  This includes a media presence and submissions regarding coterminous determination of the Local Property Tax and the remainder of the Local Authority Budget containing the Commercial Rates.

On a more micro level, Dublin Chamber has been actively engaged with the City Council on the proposals surrounding the College Green Public Transport Corridor, hosting several events facilitating engagement between members and city officials and made several submissions on the issue. 
 

Policy Documents

Submission on Role of Local Authority Members

October 2018 Dublin Chamber's submission to the Departmetnt of Housing, Planning & Local Government regarding the consultation on the role and remuneration of elected members of Local Authorities.

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Submission on LPT Variation 2018

August 2018 Dublin Chamber's submission to Dublin City Council regarding its decision on the annual Local Property Tax variation.

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Submission on Local Government Funding

July 2018 Dublin Chamber's submission to Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government as part of Stakeholder Consultation on  Local Government Funding

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Submission on Review of Local Property Tax

May 2018 Dublin Chamber's submission to the Department of Finance on the Review of Local Property Tax.

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Submission on Poolbeg West SDZ Material Alterations

July 2017 Dublin Chamber's submission to Dublin City Council on the Material Alterations to the Draft Planning Scheme for Poolbeg West Strategic Development Zone.

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Submission re the Draft Dublin City Development Plan

Submission re the Draft Dublin City Development Plan

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Dublin Chamber Submission re College Green Plan

This submission contains the Chamber's response to the City Council's plan for the College Green transport corridor and argues that the plan must be cogniscant of other transport plans and future population growth. 

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Dublin Chamber Submission re the Amended Draft Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022

This submission is the Dublin Chamber's response to the City Council's ammended Draft Development Plan.  It addresses, inter alia, building height, the public realm, and efficient use of scarce space in the city centre. 

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Submission re Section 48 Draft Development Contribution Scheme

Submission re Section 48 Draft Development Contribution Scheme

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Submission on Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022

In this response to Dublin City Council’s Development Plan Issues Paper, the Chamber has emphasised the vital importance of Dublin to Ireland’s economy, and called for integrated national and regional planning to support the role of the capital.

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Submission to Department of Environment Strategy 2015-17

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government's Statement of Strategy is important given that the next three years will see many reforms implemented against a backdrop of economic growth.

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Submission on Licensing of Outdoor Music Events

In this submission, Dublin Chamber puts forward a number of suggestions which would improve the legislative framework for the licensing of outdoor music and entertainment events:

  • The removal of the current three concert limit on Aviva Stadium and Croke Park,
  • The time taken to decide on whether a concert should be granted a licence must be compressed,
  • A traffic light system should be introduced for the licencing of all outdoor music events.
  • No tickets should be sold for an event before certain reasonable assurances are given that a licence will be granted,
  • Room for manoeuvre (i.e. the right to appeal) must be included when any licencing decision is made.

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Local Election Manifesto 2014

Dublin Chamber's Local Election Manifesto has three main proposals:

  • Any reduction in the Local Property Tax should be matched by a commensurate reduction in commercial rates.
  • Candidates must pledge that the price of water will not increase for business in the next ten years.
  • Dublin should assert its position as a global city that is open for business by ensuring joined-up thinking in local government.

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Submission on a Directly-Elected Mayor for Dublin

Dublin Chamber's submission makes an argument for a directly-elected mayor for Dublin under the following headings:

  • Dublin needs a strong Mayor International 

  • Competition between city regions

  • Competitive Dublin

  • Role and Powers of a Mayor

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Local Government Reform in Ireland

Local Government Reform in Ireland

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Commentary on Dublin Mayor Bill 2010

Commentary on Dublin Mayor Bill 2010

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Response to The Local Government (Mayor) Bill 2010

Response to The Local Government (Dublin Mayor and Regional Authority) Bill 2010

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Mayor with Budget and Authority

Mayor with Budget and Authority: Dublin Chamber response to the Green Paper on Local Government

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Amendments to the draft Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017

Dublin Chamber submission on the proposed amendments to the draft Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017

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Response to draft Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017

Response to draft Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017

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Improving the Planning Process: Recommendations for Change

Dublin Chamber Planning Paper: 'Improving the Planning Process: Recommendations for Change'

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Local Election Manifesto 2009

Local Election Manifesto: 'Save Jobs by Cutting the Cost of Doing Business'

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Submission to the Local Government Efficiency Review Group

Dublin Chamber submission into the Local Government Efficiency Review

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Outdoor Advertising Strategy

Dublin City Council invited the public to input into the plans governing the location and type of outdoor advertising structures that are best for the city, and the guiding principles that should be set out to improve the quality of the city’s public spaces. 

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Democracy Now

Submission to the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government - Green Paper for Local Government Reform

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Your City, Your Space: Draft Dublin City Public Realm Strategy

Dublin City Council invited the public to input into the plans governing the location and type of outdoor advertising structures that are best for the city

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