Incentivising the Development of Vacant City Land

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Incentivising the development of vacant city land. Dublin’s inner city has considerable areas of unused land which remained undeveloped even during the boom, these vacant lands can cause significant ‘disbenefits’ to adjoining residents and businesses.  This report considered at the May meeting of the Finance SPC suggests the implementation of the Commission on Taxation recommendation of a “recurrent tax on zoned development land where such land is not being developed” as a way of tackling the hoarding of land-banks.

Proposed inner city vacant land levy, submission (July 2013) to the Budget prepared by the Task Force on Vacant Land established by the Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn. The proposed levy is intended to be: pro-development, pro-investment, pro-business, pro-ratepayer, pro-employment, pro-resident, and pro-community. It would also promote the interim use of vacant development land, for example for use as a temporary public park.

Presentation to a Forum on the Economics and Viability of Development jointly organised by the Irish Planning Institute, the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland, and the Royal Town Planning Institute, March 2014, by Kieran Rose, Senior Planner, Office of Economy and International Relations, Dublin City Council.

‘Property has its duties as well as its rights’ (Thomas Drummond)

This is a report and presentation made to the Economic Development, Planning and International SPC on 24th September 2013.

“Concern has been expressed that Dublin has an undesirable amount of buildings that are in disrepair, are dilapidated, and so detract from their surroundings. This is a proposal for a study that would examine the behavioural or attitudinal aspects that that underpin this problem of neglect.”

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