The Community Plan is the key policy document for decision-making about Dublin’s built and natural environments. The Community Plan text and associated maps contain detailed recommendations for development including the appropriate location and density/intensity of residential and commercial uses; the general location and character of roads; the general location of parks, open space and public buildings; and the general sites for and extent of public water and sanitary sewer utilities. It also contains recommendations to guide development strategies for the unincorporated areas to the northwest and southwest of Dublin.
Throughout this Plan, recommendations are based upon a review of existing conditions and evaluation of future development scenarios for their impacts on infrastructure, roads and the city’s fiscal health. Dublin’s ability to maintain its high quality of services and quality of life is dependent upon careful review of development proposals for conformance with the Community Plan. The Transportation Plan and the Land Use Plan form the foundation of the Community Plan. The Thoroughfare Plan is the primary reference tool within the Transportation Plan, while the Future Land Use Map is the primary planning instrument within the Land Use Plan. Both of these primary planning elements provide the foundation to guide decision-making regarding the appropriateness of development proposals and infrastructure improvements necessary to support development.