Regional programme for land use, housing and transport approved
The 14 municipalities of the Helsinki region have approved the regional MAL 2019 programme – the programme for land use, housing and transport. For the first time, the programme is produced for all three elements together. The programme gives its members an understanding of the type of work that will be conducted to develop the region in the next few years. The programme describes the principles of planning rounds, the planning processes, how planning is organized, and the key themes of the work.
The 14 municipalities of the Helsinki region and the Finnish Government have agreed on policies in land use, transport and housing. These policies have laid out that joint planning activities will be continued on the basis of previous plans. The planning round now about to start will produce a comprehensive picture of the current situation and update and concretize existing plans. Actions to be needed by 2030 will be laid out in an action plan. Several alternative scenarios will be examined for the purposes of long-term planning. The work is scheduled so that the plan will be ready for approval at the beginning of 2019.
During the compilation phase in 2018, the programme members will define the key policies for the development of land use, housing and transport, and they will form a joint understanding of the principal MAL projects. During 2017, they will conduct studies of areas where information is lacking or which have no operating models.
“Cooperation among the 14 municipalities and their planning for land use, housing and transport is of utmost importance, in order that the regional objectives can be met,” says Tatu Rauhamäki, Chairman of the Helsinki Region Cooperation Assembly. “In its entirety, MAL 2019 is a significant programme even as a planning process. It produces an information base and operating models that can be utilized regionally. It advances cooperation and steers us to network more and more at local, national and international levels.”
MAL 2016 programme, in Finnish (pdf)