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Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Plan for a rapid growth – now the best time to influence


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The Helsinki-Uusimaa Region is expected to grow rapidly in the future, as well. Therefore, the most important goal for the regional land use plan is to steer the growth in a sustainable way. It is also taking a stand for the implementation order for large traffic projects. All significant material attached to the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Plan is on display for opinions and notes.

Apart from the sustainable growth, the plan is supporting vital centres and sustainable modes of travel. The commuting area is made larger by offering good connections, and the conditions for sustainability are being considered by preserving green structures.

– Sustainability is the common thread in the plan; for facing the climate change and when thinking of wellbeing and competitiveness, Ms Merja Vikman-Kanerva, the Director of Regional Planning, states.

The big lines stretching far into the future are being sketched in this plan. It covers the whole region and it includes all forms of land use and is being made from 2016 to 2019.

Sustainable growth and fluent traffic

According to prognoses, Helsinki-Uusimaa is growing by as many as 550,000 inhabitants and 290,000 workplaces by the end of year 2050. In the regional land use plan this growth is mainly steered to areas that can be reached easily by walking, cycling or public transport; that is centres and passenger transport hubs.

The plan aims to develop the regional centres to versatile concentrations of housing, work places and services. An important part of this growth is complementary building, where space is still left for surrounding green areas in intensely built-up areas. New inhabitants bring a better range of services to any area.

Fluent traffic in the plan stands for a well-functioning public transportation and transversal connections with a good access to another means of transportation. The reachability of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region will be improved of, both nationally and internationally.

The plan also defines the directions of growth and consequently, the implementation order for regionally large traffic projects.

– The most important direction now is the railway main line, including the Ring Rail Line. Looking further on, it will go westwards to Lohja and Turku. Long term preparations are also made for building an Eastern Metro and the Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel. Logistically, the most important directions are the ones to Tampere and Lahti, Ms Vikman-Kanerva ends.

Now is the time to influence

The preparation material used for the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Plan is on display on the website and in the office of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council from February 27th to April 13th, 2018. The plan proposal will be based on the feedback and ready during 2018.

For more information, please contact:

Ms Merja Vikman-Kanerva, Director of Regional Planning,
phone + 358 040 638 6669

Ms Ilona Mansikka, Manager of Regional Planning,
phone + 358 040 524 9186


What is Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Plan?

  • A comprehensive regional plan including all forms of land use.
  • Covering the entire region, aiming at the year 2050.
  • Consisting of a structural plan with an overall character and detailed phased land use plans as complements: Helsinki Region, Eastern and Western Helsinki-Uusimaa Region.
  • Steering the municipal planning, replacing all earlier regional plans upon approval.
  • The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council started working on this plan in 2016; it takes about four years until a land use plan is ready.


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