Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 13:57

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.”

 

Read more:

MAL 2016 programme, in Finnish (pdf)

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.