Our regional land use plans set out the principles of land use and the community structure in Helsinki-Uusimaa. They define the use of areas needed for specific purposes, along with the principles of urban structure.
These plans are long-term plans and guidelines for our member municipalities when they are drawing up and amending local master plans, as well as local detailed plans. We make our land use plan concrete by a map with a land use classification indicating a desirable future, also including a written statement.
Every regional land use plan is drafted by a regional council and approved by its assembly. The land use planning in Finland is defined in the Land Use and Building Act.
Learn more about the Regional Land Use Plan:
Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Land Use Plan 2050
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Land Use Plan 2050 covers almost the entire region. It has a time span until the year of 2050.
Our Regional Land Use Plan has the following four main targets:
- Steering sustainable growth and a regional balance
- Facing climate change and the sustainable use of nature and natural resources
- Increasing welfare and attractiveness
- Enabling sustainable competitiveness
The Plan has two different levels; firstly, a strategic structural plan for the entire Helsinki-Uusimaa, which is then completed by three phased regional land use plans. We have made these phased plans for the Helsinki Metropolitan Region, the Eastern and Western Uusimaa.
Our structure plan deals with the greater lines of the regional structures, which are the network of centres, the structures of densely populated areas, traffic connections and the most important green structural entities. This plan also includes an order in which development directions are to be focused upon. All regional land use plans deal with such issues that each region wants to especially focus upon.
Other Regional Land Use Plans in force in Helsinki-Uusimaa
- Regional Land Use Plan for the Östersundom area
- Phased Regional Land Use Plan 4 – only markings for nature reserves and Natura 2000 areas
- Phased Regional Land Use Plan 2 – only markings for Natura 2000 areas
- Comprehensive Regional Land Use Plan for Uusimaa – only markings for Natura 2000 areas.
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The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Programme sets out our region’s vision for 2030 and outlines the development priorities, objectives and measures for 2022–2025. The vision is “Well Ahead”, and the Programme includes the key development guidelines and strategies from the global level to the municipal level.
For more information, please contact:
Manager, Regional Planning
Development of regional land use planning, Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Land Use Plan 2050. Areas of responsibility in regional land use planning: Espoo, Helsinki, Kaunainen, Vantaa. Stand-in for Director of Regional Land Use Planning, Ms Paula Autioniemi
According to current plans, the Trans-European Transport Network TEN-T will cover the entire continent by 2050. New outlines for the network are being drawn right now, and the European Council and Parliament are processing a regulation proposal. According to the view of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, developing the network means strengthening the connectivity and competitiveness of our Region. However, the regulation proposal also includes some strict and challenging quality criteria.
A new expert group on metropolitan climate challenge is being established in connection to METREX (The Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas) and it invites planners across Europe to cooperate on how metropolitan spatial planning can contribute to reaching climate targets.