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Planning and building goals

The urban planning and construction in Helsinki are guided by the various goals and principles of planning and land use.

Puita, nurmikkoa ja kerrostaloja auringonpaisteessa.
Rakenteilla olevaa Kalasatamaa kuvattuna yläilmoista.

Land-use planning creates the conditions for a good living environment

We use land use and other planning to promote aspects such as adequate housing production, smooth traffic flow, business opportunities, accessible services and the economical use of natural resources.  

We aim to promote an energy-efficient urban structure and ensure that we don’t permit construction in our most valuable natural areas. Alongside other planning, we develop recreational areas and services, ecological networks and nature reserves. We also promote a socially sustainable city, where we aim to halt residential segregation through active urban renewal.