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City Plan 2016

A city plan is a long-term land use plan that guides the development of the city’s community structure. It affects on what Helsinki will be like decades from now. The city plan is compiled about once a decade in Helsinki, and it guides detailed planning.  

The City of Helsinki’s current city plan, City Plan 2016, came into force in December 2018. It covers the entire Helsinki region, excluding Östersundom. 

The City Plan 2016 facilitates Helsinki’s growth into a dense city where the several centres are linked together by rail transport: metro, trains and light rail trams. Construction has been specifically centred around the hubs of rail transport and the major stations. Fore example, Malmi, Itäkeskus, Kontula, Herttoniemi, Kannelmäki and Malminkartano can grow into new urban centres that provide versatile housing, services and employment options. 

The new city plan will create prerequisites for expanding the inner city, for example along the roads Vihdintie and Tuusulanväylä, which will be changed into city boulevards.

In this city plan, Helsinki is still a green city, and its urban forests and cultural environments are its strengths. New, important recreational and tourism areas are planned for the islands that the Defence Forces will release from under their control. 

Helsinki Administrative Court and the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland repealed certain parts of the city plan. The repealed notations apply to elements such as the city boulevards of Länsiväylä, Turunväylä, Hämeenlinnanväylä and Lahdenväylä as well as certain areas around Viikintie and in Tuomarinkylä, Pornaistenniemi, Vartiosaari, Ramsinniemi and Ilmala. The 2002 city plan and the valid partial city plans will remain in effect in these areas. The areas have been pictured in the updated city plan map and listed in the commentary.

City plan materials (in Finnish) >>




06.12.2019 18:46