Restrictive zoning of 2,000 acres in Dublin quashed


A High Court judge has made orders formally quashing the more restrictive Z15 zoning of 2,000 acres of lands, much of it owned by religious institutions, in Dublin city’s new development plan and directing Dublin City Council to meet to consider how the now unzoned lands are to be zoned.

In a judgment last April, Mr Justice Frank Clarke found all the Z15 zoning aspects of the Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017 must be quashed.

The judge stressed it remained open to the council to zone some or all of the lands as special resource lands provided reasons were given and the zoning complied with other aspects of his judgment upholding a challenge by the Sisters of Charity to the Z15 zoning of their lands in the city.