The Helsinki City Board has approved the proposal for a new Helsinki city plan, which thus moves to decision-making in the City Council. The City Council will consider the proposal on Wednesday, 26 October. It was announced previously that the City Council consideration would take place a week later.
The City Board added a statement to the proposal according to which the details of land use plans for the Central Park between the Hakamäentie road and Ring Road 1 and the development of the Hämeenlinna road into a city boulevard would be resolved in further planning. The further planning would be based on the principle to solve the issues concerning the Central Park and housing development in such a manner that as much of the Central Park as possible can be retained. This proposal, made by Lasse Männistö and Otso Kivekäs, was approved by 10 Board members voting for the proposal, while 4 abstained.
Other counter-proposals, made by representatives of the Swedish People’s Party, Centre Party and Left Alliance, were voted down by wide margins.
The city plan will steer the development of the city far into the future. The proposal secures the prerequisites for the city to grow, to build new housing and to prosper economically. The reservations made in the city plan will enable the city to grow at least to 860,000 residents and 560,000 jobs by 2050.
The solutions of the city plan are based on a vision of Helsinki as a networked city relying on rail transport, with a strong inner city that is larger than today. Public transport will rely on an expanding rail transport network. The roles of walking and cycling will grow.
One of the goals of the city plan is to secure adequate recreational areas for a growing population. The network of green areas will strengthen, and recreational areas and related services as well as the sea will be easy to reach.
Helsinki’s green structure based on green areas radiating from the city centre will be linked with the region’s extensive recreational areas, and the city plan map includes crosswise green connections.
One-third of the new construction planned for the next few decades will be in-fill construction. Another one-third of the new floor space allowed by the city plan will be focused in new inner city areas built on large motorway-like access roads turned into city boulevards. The remaining one-third of new construction will comprise large new districts.
Helsinki-kanava (in Finnish)