Friday, October 28, 2016 - 10:33

City Council approved new city plan after six-hour debate

The Helsinki City Council approved a new city plan at its meeting of 26 October after a long debate and several votes. Proposals to send the city plan draft back to a new plan preparation process were voted down: a proposal to leave out the Helsinki Central Park from the plan was voted down 55–30, and other counter proposals were voted down by even wider margins.

The councillors took the floor nearly 150 times in the debate, which lasted more than six hours. The most heated arguments were made about the plans for the Central Park and the Malmi airport as well as the development of the motorway-like roads leading to the city into city boulevards.

The city plan will steer the development of Helsinki far into the future. The purpose of the plan is to provide the preconditions for growth, housing production and economic development. The reservations made in the plan enable Helsinki to grow to at least 860,000 residents and 560,000 jobs by 2050.

The city plan is a comprehensive, general plan for future land use. It lays out the guidelines and basis for zoning. Every detailed plan is drawn in an interactive process and needs approval by the City Council

The city plan is 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 the 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.

The Helsinki city plan is integrated with the plans for the entire Helsinki region and its municipalities. Strong growth will be a reality not only in Helsinki but in the entire Helsinki region.

The City Council also approved a plan for the development of the Vartiosaari island, after a proposal to return the plan to preparation was voted down 44–40.

Helsinki City Council meetings are available on demand on the City’s web channel, which also publishes the Council voting maps.


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Monday, March 5, 2018 - 14:33

Helsinki Publishes Energy and Climate Atlas on 3D City Model

The 3D atlas is a tool for implementing energy efficiency improvements in buildings

The City of Helsinki has compiled extensive energy-related data on the Helsinki building stock into Energy and Climate Atlas and makes the atlas available as open data. The atlas is executed and visualized on Helsinki’s 3D city information model, which allows easy utilization and further application of the data. The atlas is a part of the toolkit that helps Helsinki to cut carbon dioxide emissions and eventually to reach carbon neutrality.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 09:27

Digital solutions to put spaces to efficient use

The Flexi Spaces project of the Forum Virium Helsinki innovation unit has created a model to give citizens and communities easy access to various spaces. The model utilizes digital solutions such as smart locks and web-based space reservation and payment platforms. The new model for opening spaces, tested in the Helsinki smart city district of Kalasatama, has been a success.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 13:35

Hakaniemenranta idea competition entries displayed online and at Laituri

The planning of the Hakaniemenranta area of Helsinki proceeds with an idea competition. All competition entries are now on display and can be commented on until 28 February in the City of Helsinki online feedback service 

The competition entries can also be seen until 23 February at the information and exhibition space Laituri at Narinkka 2 in Kamppi.

The feedback on the ideas for Hakaniemenranta will be compiled for use by the competition jury. The jury will select the winner in the spring.

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:12

Karting, Latin dance and technology – a second city underground

Increasingly versatile spaces are situated in a Helsinki that is getting more densely built over time. Thanks to underground building, building land above ground is spared for other purposes.