Urban Environment Division’s decisions, guidelines and plans
The OmaStadi criteria determine what kind of ideas can move forward in the participatory budgeting. One of the criteria is that the idea may not contradict an existing zoning plan or the City’s other decisions.
The coronavirus pandemic may have affected the schedule or funding of some projects. Not all changes may have been updated to the data sources yet.
The detailed plan guides the construction and is the most detailed level of planning. It guides land use and construction as required by local conditions, cityscape and landscape, good construction practices and other jointly agreed upon objectives.
The detailed plan defines the future use of the area: what will be preserved, what can be built, where and in what way. The content requirements of the detailed plan are described in the Land Use and Building Act.
If the OmaStadi idea is intended to be implemented in a detailed plan area under preparation, its content and feasibility must always be considered on a case-by-case basis. If the idea is about locating a new service in an area where the detailed plan is undergoing changes, it can be difficult to implement.
An area plan covers one or more districts and is valid for ten years at a time. The area plans assess the current state of services, structures and equipment in street and green areas and record any improvement needs.
The area plans create development projects in the area, which will be implemented in order of urgency during the period of validity. The projects have been planned in interaction with the residents. If an area plan project does not yet have an implementation path, the implementation can be proposed through OmaStadi.
Management, development and usage plans
Management, development and usage plans are made for environmentally valuable sites. Their goal is to preserve and guide the use, management and renovation of the area.
Street and park projects
Major transport and traffic solutions, such as main streets and the construction of rail lines, are defined in the city plan and partial city plans. More specific transport and traffic arrangements are defined in traffic plans prepared with detailed plans. The traffic plans define such things as the division of streets among different transport modes (cars, trams, pedestrians, cyclists, etc.), the number of lanes and parking.
Street plans are made on the basis of traffic plans. The street plan determines the street’s exact dimensions, elevation, surface materials, plants and lighting and draining solutions.
You can check that your possible idea for the street environment does not conflict with a plan that may already be in progress. You can also check that your idea for green areas is not already being implemented.
Parks – both new and old – are covered in a variety of plans. Residents are encouraged to participate in the planning. The start of the planning, the opportunity to view the plans and any interaction events will be announced on the Urban Environment Division website and in the area’s newspapers.
The Urban Environment Division is responsible for planning services in public areas. The service guidelines are commonly agreed upon definitions of the organisation and quality level of services in public areas. The guidelines are intended as support in the internal use of departments and for consultants and other planners, decision-makers and city residents
Natural values and valuable environments
Natural values may restrict projects that target the environment. Nature information materials are based on natural values and guide planning work in nature areas.
- The central nature information materials include the following:
- nature reserves
- sites with valuable flora and plant life
- sites with valuable bird life
- valuable geological sites
- important bat areas
- polypore sites
- valuable forest biodiversity sites
Valuable environments refer to historically or culturohistorically significant sites or sites that represent the urban architecture or design ideals of a particular era or the work of well-known designers in an exemplary manner.
There are very few public outdoor spaces in Helsinki that are protected by detailed plans. Most sites classified as valuable environments are not protected by detailed plans. The valuable environments database seeks to improve this situation, although it cannot replace the protection of detailed plans. Valuable environment sites have their own development plans, so if OmaStadi projects are targeted at these areas, their feasibility will be carefully assessed.