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 www.helsinkikanava.fi, which also publishes the Council voting maps.

 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 09:22

Children of Laajasalo to have a new day care centre

The southeastern early-education district of Helsinki will have more space for the needs of day care and early education. A new day care centre to replace Day Care Centre Yliskylä being built at Köökarinpolku 1 will provide day care to 232 children a bit more than a year from now.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 08:08

Tram network expanded and renovated in summer

Helsinki tram routes will be expanded and older tracks renovated during the summer and autumn of 2017 for the needs of a new tram network to be launched in August. Track work will proceed at about 20 sites.

The new tram network will have 2.8 kilometres of new tracks. The main track work sites will be located on the streets of Välimerenkatu and Reijolankatu.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:34

Helsinki residents’ sense of security has not weakened

Helsinki residents’ sense of security in everyday life has not deteriorated. This is a general conclusion of the latest Helsinki Safety Survey, the responses to which were collected at the turn of the year 2015-16. Perceived security in people’s own neighbourhoods and in central Inner Helsinki rose steadily in the years 2003-2012. Since then, the situation has not changed. Yet there are large differences between Helsinki districts in terms of perceived unsafety, particularly during weekend evenings.

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 07:46

Brochure on Helsinki’s new city plan

The new city plan of Helsinki is presented in a newly published brochure in a concise manner. The Helsinki City Plan brochure explains to readers the key concepts and solutions of the city plan, such as increasing density, the expansion of the inner city to “city boulevards” and the development of the rail network for public transport in Helsinki.