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)

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 11:47

Ten entries for Pasila High-Rise Area Competition

Ten entries were submitted for the first phase of the Helsinki High-Rise Design–build Competition. The purpose of the Competition is to choose a high-quality plan for the implementation of the Pasila high-rise area. The first phase of the competition ended on 16 May.

 – Ten entries is a rather good number for such a comprehensive and demanding object. It tells that Helsinki and Pasila are attractive development objects. It is also a sign of the fact that big investments are interesting, says Executive Director Mikko Aho at the City of Helsinki.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 12:47

Highest numbers of housing starts and completed units in ten years

The numbers of housing starts and completed housing units in Helsinki hit record highs in January-March this year: the numbers were the highest recorded in the past ten years. Thus the number of housing units under construction remained at a high level. However, the number of building permits granted was exceptionally low.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 12:21

World’s first comprehensive city-wide air quality system will be built to Helsinki Region in Finland

World’s best experts to build a unique air quality IoT system to Helsinki. 

The amount of measurement points will at least double in the Helsinki region as a new supplementary air quality network of Vaisala and Pegasor sensors will be installed during the next year. The new system will enable agile and economical way to gather new information about the air quality of the Finnish capital city region.

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 10:20

Plan for Central Pasila railway yard blocks presented to City Council

The blocks of a former railway yard in Central Pasila – Keski-Pasila – will be redeveloped into a dense and an inner-city like residential area, according to a proposed detailed plan for the area, which includes homes to 3,200 residents, about 1,000 jobs, a school and a day care centre.