Landscaping in the urban environment can have multiple advantages for citizens and can enhance quality of life. As well as providing an attractive visual context and contributing to a sense of place, landscaping can improve sustainability and resilience by assisting with surface water management and biodiversity. These can ensure long-term benefits.
Landscape design and maintenance plans will be regarded as an integral part of all development applications (see also Chapters 10 and 15). Landscape schemes must be in accordance with Dublin City Council standards for road and footpath layout, and there will be a preference for soft landscaping, where possible.