Monday, June 26, 2017 - 08:25

New plan proposal for Östersundom moves to decision-making

A new plan proposal has been prepared for Östersundom. The proposal integrates growth with nature, focusing on both nature conservation and planning economy.

The plan proposal has changed a great deal from the proposal that was on display in the spring of 2015. Several alternatives for the course of the metro line and for land use have been considered, and the new plan proposes a straight course for the metro line.

Salmenkallio and the related Talosaari and Ribbingö areas are marked in the plan as an area for further investigation where land use questions will be solved later with a separate, segmental land use plan. The proposed Salmenkallio metro station has been removed from the new plan.

Development has been intensified especially at metro stations and on the main streets. Total population is estimated to be 80,000–100,000. The main construction activity is expected to take place in the 2030s–2040s.

“The share of apartment-building dominated construction has grown especially around metro stations. Urban housing areas with other types of housing – single-family, semi-detached, town and row houses – still represent about half of all building construction,” explains Ilkka Laine, the manager of the Östersundom planning unit.

The plan has been changed in the Länsisalmi area at the Helsinki-Vantaa border in that the green connection between Mustavuori and Sipoonkorpi and the cultural landscape surrounding the Westerkulla Manor would form a large consistent section.

According to a Natura evaluation, the new proposal does not cause significant harm to habitats and bird species protected by the Natura network of nature conservation sites.

According to economic calculations, the plan proposal has developed favourably. The economic impact of the plan has also been evaluated from the perspectives of residents, enterprises, municipal economy and the Helsinki region.

“Östersundom planners have found a solution that meets the needs of regional growth, and the plan isn’t in conflict with nature conservation goals. The new proposal is also more advantageous in terms of the city economy,” says Mikko Aho, Director of the Helsinki City Environment Sector.

Of the three alternative sites for earth materials processing, the plan proposes the Hältingberget area, which is located at the Landbo interchange. The choice is based on an environmental impact assessment and an evaluation of technical and economic factors.

The Östersundom committee will debate the new land-use plan proposal at its meeting on 26 June 2017. According to the meeting agenda, the committee will request statements on the plan proposal from Helsinki, Vantaa and Sipoo. The proposal will be debated by municipal bodies of elected officials in August–September. The committee will also request a statement on the plan proposal from the Uusimaa Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre).

In the event that the municipalities favour the plan proposal, the committee will put it on display in late 2017. Changes can still be made to the plan on the basis of the statements before the plan is put on display. The display will be complemented with presentations, and comments on the plan can be submitted.

The Östersundom committee is a joint body of the municipalities. The committee is responsible for the plan preparation and will decide on the approval of the proposal. The requirement for approval is decisions by city councils favouring approval. The objective is to have the plan approved during 2018.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 10:58

Online survey launched: What would the National Urban Park of Helsinki be like?

The City of Helsinki is collecting data on the areas and places that residents would like to see included in the potential National Urban Park of Helsinki. The online survey is open to all and will remain available until 17 December 2017.

The survey can be found at https://app.maptionnaire.com/en/3173.

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:21

Jätkäsaari to have a sports park

The Jätkäsaari district of Helsinki will have a sports park, according to a Helsinki City Council approval of 11 October for the proposed project plan. The sports park will improve the sports and recreational opportunities of Jätkäsaari residents and serve as a sports ground for local schools. The northern sections of the park can also be used by schools for their recess activities.

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 11:38

New fast route complements Helsinki cycling network

A new fast cycling route now serves Helsinki cyclists. The route ­runs along the main railway tracks. Called Pohjoisbaana in Finnish, the bikeway connects southern and northern cycling routes in Helsinki. It is a part of the network of bicycle superhighways, that is, bikeways with wide lanes and no or few stops, allowing for higher speeds and smoother rides than regular bikeways.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:07

Four groups chosen to continue to the next stage of the Helsinki High-Rise Design-Build Competition

Helsinki is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. The change in the city is particularly visible in the former harbour and railway areas, which are now undergoing reconstruction to become homes, commercial spaces and business premises. The transformation offers excellent opportunities for property developers.