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Land Policy Guideline Project

Project manager:

Sami Haapanen, Head of Services, land development and plot services, Urban Environment Division

Responsible in the City Executive Group:

Mikko Aho, Executive Director of the Urban Environment Division

Project description:

At the beginning of the Council’s term of office, a land policy analysis is made following the principle that land sales should be dictated by the City’s industrial policy goals and by other strategic goals of the city.


The idea of the land policy analysis is to set the framework for the City’s land policy and the goals and most important guidelines for the City’s plot provision and other land policy measures. The land policy outline should be clear and flexible, and it shall realise the goals of the latest City Strategy.

Themes that can be drawn from the City Strategy and that influence the land policy outline include:

  • The City’s investments are financed with incomes, and land use and traffic investment are planned together.
  • The City acts transparently, fast and flexibly
  • The City as a trial platform (innovation and development projects)
  • Prevention of segregation; housing production volume; moderating the rise in construction and housing prices; other housing policy goals.
  • Securing the variedness and vitality of city districts, upgrading residential intensification.
  • The goals for energy- and eco-efficiency.
  • Quality promotion in architecture and construction.
  • Varied and sufficient location alternatives for businesses.

Parties and partners:

The City’s own actors: Urban Environment Division, Helsinki City Executive Office’s business and economic development officials.


Preparatory measures began in October 2017.
A steering group is set up in January 2018.
The steering group decides on further measures and guides the preparatory work.

Work procedures:

The chief way of working is expert preparation in a network under the guidance of a cross-administrative steering group drawing on external expertise. As a part of the evaluation of current practices, customer surveys, for example, can be commissioned. As the work proceeds, one or more workshops can be held for the steering group.

The work is divided into three phases:

  1. Setting a framework for land policy, identification and evaluation of current land policy solutions, and a survey of solutions in compared cities as a basis for further developing.
  2. Identification and prioritisation of goals, measures and focuses set by the City Strategy, as well as assessment of possible needs to alter current practice.
  3. Preparation of the land policy guidelines on the basis of the analyses mentioned above.

Decision level and time table:

Decisions on various phases of the project are made at the level of board/City Board and City Council.

Kick-off decision made by the City Executive Group on 13 Nov. 2017.

In the first phase, a land policy framework is set up and the concrete land policy measures to be taken are formulated. The link between land policy and, e.g., community planning and housing policy is noted. A preliminary draft of the principles for plots sales is presented to the City Executive Group.

In the second phase, the guidelines for plots sales are prepared for approval at the level of board/City Board and City Council in February-March 2018.

In the third phase, the outlines (in terms of, e.g., land use fees, land purchase, and compensations for residential intensification) are prepared for other land policy measures, for approval at the level of board/City Board and City Council in May-June 2018.

Project time table:

The land policy guidelines are ready and approved by September 2018.

The preliminary time table of the project and the intermediary results are reported to the City Executive Group in connection with the firs intermediary report.

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