Cork County Council has announced that it has submitted a proposal for a significant extension to the Cork City Council area of jurisdiction.
On foot of the establishment last Friday of an Implementation Oversight Group by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to oversee a boundary alteration process and its implementation by both authorities, the Council has submitted a detailed boundary extension proposal to the City Council which would see the geographical area of the city increase by 84.5% and its current population immediately increasing by 31.2% to 164,915.
This additional area, coupled with the potential for major growth within the existing city through regeneration of key “brownfield” development areas of, Docklands South and North, Mahon, Blackpool, Tramore Road / Kinsale Road and Tivoli would provide for core urban City form growth up to a potential population in excess of 283,000together with potential additional jobs growth of over 50,000 within the city.
The proposed extension would grow the City Council functional area from its current 37.8 sq.km to 69.8 sq.km. This would make Cork City nearly two thirds the size of the functional area of Dublin City Council, which extends to 115 sq km., thus reflecting its status as the second city in the state.
Critically, in terms of international benchmarks of Urban Cities, the proposal would provide for a long term growth in population density levels from the current 3,323 per sq.km to a potential 4,065 per sq. Km. This again reflects an urban City form comparable to Dublin City which has a density level currently of 4,822 per sq. Km.
The proposed extension immediately represents a transfer of Commercial Rates and Local Property Tax (LPT) base with a value of over €16m. The future income generation potential of the proposed extended City Council from new economic and residential development through commercial rates and LPT would amount to approximately €60m per annum. This additional funding is of major significance in terms of creating the conditions for future growth and the sustainability of services provided by the City Council.
In making this proposal, the Council has reaffirmed its stated commitment of the last number of years from both the Elected Body and its Chief Executive that it always recognised that a boundary extension to reflect an urban City form is reasonable. In proposing this alteration to the city boundary, the Council is promoting a significant opportunity to grow a City that reflects the core principles of an urban City. Central to the success of such settlements is high density of population and a concentration of services in the economic, cultural, social and city community spheres reflecting Urban City form which drives sustainable development.
The proposal also responds effectively to communities and towns within Metropolitan Cork who have developed a sense of place, identity and connection with their natural hinterlands in a manner which makes Cork the unique offering that it is.