Guiding the Plan
Guiding the Plan
The Limerick Development Plan will be guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and will be consistent with the National Planning Framework ‘Project Ireland 2040’ and the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Southern Region in areas such as climate action,
clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, economic growth, reduced inequalities and innovation and infrastructure, as well as education and health.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages countries to develop national responses to thevSustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and incorporate them into planning and policy.
Adopted by all United Nations member states, “Agenda 2030” focuses on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.
This application of the SDG’s at local level will allow us to set out clearly what kind of society we want to live in and how we want to measure it. Each theme discussed in the Plan will include an alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
In your opinion, what UN Sustainability Goals are most relevant for Limerick?
Project Ireland 2040 – National Planning Framework
The National Planning Framework (NPF) is a national document, which will guide high level strategic planning and development for the country over the next 20+ years. The NPF aims to guide the future development of Ireland taking into account a projected population increase of 1 million people, 660,000 additional jobs and 550,000 homes by 2040.
The NPF’s focus is on compact growth, strengthening rural economies and communities, high-quality international connectivity, a low-carbon and climate- resilient society, sustainable water and environmental resources, access to high- quality health, education and childcare services.
Some of the objectives and projects planned under the NPF for Limerick include
- An additional 56,000 people in Limerick City and Suburbs by 2040
- 50% of new homes will be within the existing built up area in Limerick City and Suburbs and 30% in our towns and villages.
- City Wide public transport network
- Implementation of the Limerick 2030 economic strategy
- Sustainable greenfield development
- Regeneration of City’s Georgian Quarter
Expansion of third level institutions
Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy
The Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Southern Region (RSES) sets out a 12-year strategic development framework for the delivery of the objectives of the National Planning Framework within the Southern Region.
The RSES includes a Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan for the Limerick – Shannon Metropolitan Area. A key component of the RSES is to strengthen the settlement structure of the Southern Region. This aims to capitalise on the strength of the region’s cities (Limerick, Cork & Waterford), metropolitan areas, key towns, towns and villages and key networks. The RSES also seeks a revitalised rural area to make it one of Europe’s most creative, innovative, green and liveable regions.