The Planning Department has been involved in promoting various Urban Renewal Schemes for the City through the use of both local initiatives and also through the use of tax based incentives. Urban renewal is a program of land redevelopment to promote the physical, economic, social and environmental regeneration of a given area.
Cork City has had particular success with the Living over the Shop Scheme and prior to same with the Living over the Business which was also promoted through the Urban Pilot Project. Significant urban renewal took place in Cork City under the Cork Capital Projects.
The most recent Urban Renewal Scheme (1998) required the preparation of Integrated Area Plans by the Local Authorities for areas that could most benefit from designation.
Current ongoing schemes include the redevelopment of Cornmarket Street which will see a renewed emphasis on pedestrianisation of the area with extensive new paving being laid.