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Proposal for the Helsinki city plan submitted to decision-making process

The City Planning Committee will start discussing the city plan proposal on Tuesday 6 October. The city plan proposal shows how Helsinki could grow by 250,000 inhabitants by 2050.

The city plan proposal is based on the draft which was completed one year ago. The basic solutions in the plan remain the same: The plan proposes that Helsinki grows into a dense city with several centres connected by rail traffic. The central city would expand alongside motorway-like areas transformed into city boulevards. Helsinki would still be a green city, the strengths of which include city forests and cultural environments.

Of the new construction activities, roughly one third is located in the central city expanding alongside the city boulevards, one third is implemented as supplementary construction, especially in rail traffic nodes, and one third in new construction areas, such as the Malmi airport.

The boundaries of the construction areas have been revised in places based on feedback obtained and additional surveys carried out. The proposal now includes the surroundings of the Rastila camping site as a new construction area. A camping site location has been appointed in Uutela.

The Tuomarinkylä Manor and Tali golf course areas have been reviewed in cooperation with the operators in the areas.

– Based on the discussions, I believe that we can find solutions in which the interests of both parties are satisfied. We will continue working jointly on the more detailed plans, says Marja Piimies, Master Plan Architect.

Also the plan regulations of the proposal have been changed somewhat. In addition to the actual plan map, also the theme map proposals on nationally significant landscape and cultural environments, Natura areas, nature reserves and the areas protected under the Helsinki nature protection programme 2015–2024 have been designated as having legal effect.

After the completion of the proposal, additional surveys have been made concerning the financial effects of the city plan, the regional effects of the city boulevards and the Hämeenlinnanväylä city boulevard as well as the regional effects on the Natura regions.

– The city plan creates the basis for the city’s financial success. It has been estimated that the city plan will make it possible to carry out private construction investments worth EUR 45 billion by 2050. The corresponding required infrastructure and traffic investment would amount to EUR 10–12 billion. This shows that the city plan may have major financial effects, says Rikhard Manninen, Director, strategic urban planning division.

After the City Planning Committee has approved the proposal, statements concerning the proposal will be requested and the proposal will be published for the submission of opinions. The opinions and statements will be discussed in the committee in autumn 2016. The proposal will then be subjected to decision-making in the City Board and the City Council at the end of 2016. Also an implementation programme will be prepared for the city plan, detailing the sequence and schedule for planning implementing the city plan.

The city plan is a long-term land-use plan used to guide the development of the city’s community structure. It affects what Helsinki will be like over the decades to come. One of the reasons a new city plan is necessary is that Helsinki needs to be able to provide reasonably priced residences for its growing population. The starting point for the city plan is goal based on which Helsinki will have around 860,000 inhabitants in 2050.

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