The Supreme Administrative Court has made a decision on Helsinki’s city plan. Parts of the city plan were repealed. However, Helsinki’s land use planning can be continued in accordance with the city plan programme. The decision does not significantly affect the programmed implementation of zoning in Helsinki in the 2020s.
The Supreme Administrative Court made a decision on the Helsinki city plan on 8 November.
The presentation of the city plan was found legitimate. Helsinki’s city plan is presented differently than previous city plans. The city plan map is divided into 100x100-metre squares, each marked with a primary purpose.
The decision concerning the city plan made by the Helsinki Administrative Court in February remained in force for the most part. Certain parts of the city plan were repealed. For the other aspects, the city plan is now legally valid. For the repealed parts, the city plan of 2002 remains in force.
Effectsof the decision on further planning
Helsinki’s new city plan is the starting point of detailed planning and traffic planning in Helsinki. The strategic objectives of the new city plan are aimed for throughout the entire city area.
Helsinki’s land use planning can be continued in accordance with the city plan programme, so planning is continued along the Raide-Jokeri route, Vihdintie boulevard and Tuusulanväylä boulevard, among others. The decision does not significantly affect the programmed implementation of zoning in Helsinki in the 2020s.
The new city plan also comes into force in the area of the Malmi Airport, and planning can be continued based on it. In the area of Tuomarinkylä Manor, the tram connection and service centre can be implemented, and the zoning along Tuusulanväylä can be made denser for housing construction. However, construction cannot be extended to areas with nationally significant built cultural environments.
The Supreme Administrative Court repealed the markings in the city plan regarding the city boulevards of Länsiväylä, Turunväylä, Hämeenlinnanväylä and Lahdenväylä. The Viikki-Malmi light rail can be implemented based on the 2002 city plan, even though the Lahdenväylä city boulevard marking was repealed.
For Vartiosaari, the markings in the city plan were repealed. In the 2002 city plan, Vartiosaari was marked as a survey area, the land use of which will be solved in a city plan or a partial city plan. The objectives of the further planning of Vartiosaari will be reviewed at a later date.
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