On 10 November, the City of Helsinki City Planning Committee made a decision on the proposal for the Helsinki city plan. The proposal is available for opinions and statements until 29 January 2016.
The city plan prepared by the City Planning Department is a long-term land-use plan used to guide the development of the city’s community structure.
The city plan affects what Helsinki will be like over the decades to come. The committee’s proposal prepares for the growth of Helsinki into a city with some 860,000 inhabitants by 2050. The plan also allows for the location of a minimum of 170,000 new jobs in Helsinki.
Of the new construction activities, roughly one third is supplementary construction located especially in rail traffic nodes. One third is located in new construction areas, such as the Malmi airport and one third is located in the central city expanding alongside the city boulevards.
As outlined in the committee’s proposal, the implementation of the potential city boulevards will begin with locations that are the most profitable financially and the most functional traffic-wise. Before implementation it will also be surveyed how the construction alongside the boulevards can be realised without traffic noise and pollution causing disturbance to living.
The forest network presented on a separate theme map will be taken into account when developing the recreational and green areas. The aim is to preserve the forest-like characteristics of the network. The future decisions concerning Vartiosaari will be made in conjunction with the local plan which is currently being processed. In conjunction with the area’s further planning, Rastila’s camping area will be relocated in Helsinki. The previously proposed Uutela area will not be a potential location as the committee changed it to a recreational and green area in the city plan.
The committee made changes to the city plan map
The city plan map consists of squares the size of 100 x 100 metres with a main use determined. The committee made changes to the entries in the city plan map. The amendments mainly increase the number of recreational and green areas. The committee also decided to allow for denser construction in certain locations.
The committee’s changes affected the Munkkivuori–Tali area, the Central Park, Lauttasaari’s Vattuniemi, an area close to the Mäntymäki field and Nordensköldinkatu in central Helsinki, Oulunkylä’s Veräjämäki, Tuomarinkylä, Puistola and Vuosaari. The amendment suggestion regarding the airport in Malmi was rejected by the committee. The committee thanked everyone who participated in preparing the city plan proposal.
The City of Helsinki City Planning Committee 10.11.2015
More detailed information on the committee’s amendments is listed in the official decision announcement of the meeting published on the City Planning Department’s website:
The city plan proposal is available until 29 January 2016
The new proposal for the Helsinki city plan is available for opinions and statements from 27 November 2015 until 29 January 2016 at the Helsinki City Planning Department’s exhibition room Laituri (Narinkka 2) and at Virka Info (Helsinki City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13). The material is also available at www.hel.fi/suunnitelmat and at the city plan website at www.yleiskaava.fi.
The preparing officials can be met at Laituri’s city plan events from Monday to Thursday between 30 November and 3 December from 4 pm to 6 pm and on Tuesdays 8 December, 15 December, 12 January, 19 January and 26 January from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Potential opinion should be directed in writing to the City Planning Committee and delivered to the Registrar’s Office of the City of Helsinki (Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13) by 29 January 2016. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and the postal address is Helsingin kaupungin kirjaamo, kaupunkisuunnittelulautakunta, PL 10, 00099 Helsingin kaupunki. At the beginning of the subject line: Ksv/HEL 2015-012598.
The opinions and statements will be discussed in the City Planning Committee by 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.