The purpose of town planning is to regulate the usage and construction of land. When a plan is drawn up it includes plans of where for example residential areas, workplaces, park and garden areas, and traffic will be placed in the city. Town planning is divided into different planning levels. The more general plan directs how the more precise levels can be planned.
The city plan is the overall scheme over land usage and traffic arrangements. The plan covers the whole city and directs planning on the more detailed level. The current Helsinki City plan, previously referred as the Master plan 2002, came into effect in 2007, except for the Malmi airport area. Work on a new city plan began in autumn 2012. Read more >>
The detailed plan level, and changes made in the plan, creates the preconditions for construction. The plan regulates for what purpose a certain piece of land can be used and how much can be built on it. The regulations also consider the height of buildings, the width of streets and other matters that will affect on the structure and the townscape of the area. A detailed plan may comprise an entire residential area or a single plot. The planning process usually lasts at least a year, but can also take several years. Construction can start when the plan has been approved by the town council and has reached legal validity.
Planning is underway for several large areas, including Jätkäsaari, Kalasatama, Kruunuvuorenranta and Keski-Pasila.
An additional objective is to design infill construction for apartment buildings and develop services in areas already built. Additional office space will be designed for locations appropriate from the standpoint of the urban structure. The quality of the centre’s vitality and environment will be improved by expanding the city centre’s pedestrian precincts and renewing commercial blocks.
Information on individual planning projects is available on the Areas under planning page.