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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Friday, March 24, 2017 - 08:54

Design concepts selected for Merihaka and Hakaniemi bridges

Preliminary design concepts have been selected for bridges to be built in Merihaka and Hakaniemi. The concepts will serve as a basis for further bridge design and engineering.

The design concept selected for the Merihaka bridge (see rendering above) will produce a lightweight, pier-like structure that doesn’t block the view from Kalasatama to Pohjoisranta owing to its low elevation. This was considered a merit in terms of the overall cityscape.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 13:52

The City of Helsinki Financial Statements 2016: Economy stabilising

"The year 2016 in the economy of the City of Helsinki was more positive than expected. The operating margin of the City was better than the budgeted figure and the tax revenue grew more than expected. Thus, the annual contribution margin was €300 million better than the budgeted target”, says Mayor Jussi Pajunen of the City of Helsinki Financial Statements 2016.

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 08:35

Waste is collected through underground pipes in Kruunuvuorenranta

The new Kruunuvuorenranta district under construction in eastern Helsinki commissioned a pipeline-based automated waste collection system named Rode on 6 March 2017. Each housing company has its own waste collection station, and waste is sucked from these stations through underground pipes to a central collection station. Waste is moved in the pipes by pressure differences.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:16

The Port of Helsinki has significant positive economy and employment-related effects

According to a recent survey, the Port of Helsinki has significant positive effects on the regional economy and employment rates in the municipalities in and around the Helsinki region. The total value of the business operations related to the Port of Helsinki in 2015 was 1.6 billion euros, and the operations employed approximately 15,000 people. In addition to the regional level, the effects practically span throughout the country.