HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF GALWAY CITY

Public Consultation on Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029

Join the GCCN Thematic Townhall Meetings from the 3rd to the 25th February


The Pre-Draft Public Consultation process on the Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029 runs from Thursday, 7th January 2021 to Friday, 5th March 2021.

All GCCN members are invited to participate in thematic Townhall meetings organised by GCCN in collaboration with Galway City Partnership during February.

This will be the first opportunity for the community to have their say on their priorities for the new City Development Plan 2023-2029 during the Pre-Draft Public Consultation process, and the aim is to capture the views and the development priorities of communities in Galway City and to build a collective voice to ensure that the new City Development Plan represents the interests of all communities in the city.

GCCN intends to deliver thematic meetings organised to reflect the thematic areas to be covered by the City Development Plan, allowing people to choose the area that interests them. To keep the discussions focused and maximise the quality of the input shared, the attendees will receive a checklist (see below) of what is required prior to each meeting.

Members of the Galway City Council Planning Office will be in attendance also.

The meetings are open to all GCCN members and other interested people and will include a range of themes as follows below:


Thematic Townhall Meeting Dates and Registration

1Climate ActionWednesday, 3rd February
6pm – 7.20pm
Registrations now closed
2Community, Culture and EducationThursday, 4th February
6pm – 7.20pm
Registrations now closed
3Green Network and BiodiversityMonday, 8th February
6pm – 7.20pm
Registrations now closed
4Population Growth and HousingTuesday, 9th February
6pm – 7.20pm
Registrations now closed
5Economic Development,
Employment and Enterprise
Wednesday, 10th February
6pm – 7.20pm
Registrations now closed
6Transport and Sustainable MobilityThursday, 11th February
6pm – 7.20pm
Registrations now closed
7Energy and InfrastructureThursday, 18th February
6pm – 7.20pm
Register Here
8Built Environment and Placemaking Sustainable NeighbourhoodsMonday, 22nd February
6pm – 7.20pm
Register Here
9Terryland, Ballinfoile and CastlegarTuesday, 16th February
7.30pm – 8.30pm
Register Here
10BallybaneTuesday, 23rd February
7.30pm – 9pm
Register by email
ballybane.taskforce@gmail.com
11WestsideWednesday, 24th February
7.30pm – 9pm
Register by email
suzanne@gcp.ie
12Older PeopleThursday, 25th February
11am-12.20pm
Register Here

Eastside Meeting Announced
February 25th 2021, 6pm – 7.30pm – Register Here
The Eastside Meeting on the Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029 will cover Doughiska, Roscam, Renmore, Murrough, Ardaun, Ballybrit, Merlin Park and Surroundings.


Other meetings organised by other GCCN members on the Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029:

Youth Consultation

for 12-17-year-old

Organised by Youth Work Ireland and Comhairle na nÓg

Saturday, 27th February

11am -1.30pm

Register by email at deirdre.bermingham@youthworkgalway.ie
Galway Integration Consortium

with a focus on input from the  Migrant community 

Organised by Galway City Partnership

Monday, March 1st

7pm

Register by email at suzanne@gcp.ie


Thematic GCCN Townhall Checklist:

  • Have you registered and are you ready for the workshop?
  • Have you read the relevant chapter in the current City Development Plan for the thematic meeting you intend to join?
  • Have you read the relevant chapter in the Issues Paper for the thematic meeting you intend to join?
  • Do you have key priority areas and recommendations to share at the workshop?

Further details

At a meeting of the GCCN City Development Plan Task Group, members emphasised the need to ensure that the new City Development Plan will represent the interests of the diverse communities in the city and that it tackles issues of deep concern such as the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, the housing crisis, sustainable transport and economic inequality, delivering in the process a tangible legacy for Galway communities.

GCCN members emphasised the need for new high-impact actions to provide added value to initiatives started with the previous City Development Plan 2017-2023 and called on the Galway City Council to follow best practice as outlined by the Planning Regulator and engage in a robust and transparent collaborative planning process with the community sector and other stakeholders to ensure that the City Development Plan 2023-2029 will represent fully the needs and views of Galway communities and will kick start the necessary transformational change to ensure a sustainable city for present and future generations.

GCCN will work with its members and the wider community to ensure community voices are amplified throughout the Development Plan process over the coming two years.