City planning

The City Planning Department is in charge of the planning of Espoo land use

Urban planning focuses on laying out plans on how land will be used. In land use plans, separate areas are reserved for housing, work places, services, traffic and green zones.

A town plan is needed, for instance, when planning a new region or the services of an existing region or when changing traffic arrangements.

The master plan directs the town plan, which is more specific and determines what a particular area can be used for and what type of single-family house can be built on a certain plot, for example.

When new plans are laid or the existing Espoo regions are improved, different reports are drawn on the area in question (these include, for example, environmental, noise and traffic reports). Discussions with authorities are utilised as needed.

This information will then be used to prepare a draft of the initial material, which may include different alternatives.

The opinions of the municipality residents and making an impact

Those municipality residents whom the planning concerns can at this stage express their opinions on the material. Larger projects will be planned in co-operation with the residents and operators of the area in different resident workshops, the details of which will be notified separately.

More information on the planning of different areas of the city can be obtained from the regional planners. Significant plans and changes to existing plans are under the authority of the City Council.

Sustainable city planning is ecological and energy efficient

One of our goals is to ensure that an adequate evaluation of the impact of energy and climate is carried out in connection with the town planning. This evaluation will, for its part, influence the planning solutions and decision-making. When necessary, the planning should enable, support, and require energy efficient solutions in accordance with sustainable development.

Let’s love Espoo 2015-01-26
Espoo has made it to the finals of WWF’s international Earth Hour City Challenge competition. The goal of the competition is to determine the pioneer cities in fighting climate change. The role of cities in fighting climate change is central since over 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are generated in cities.
The Otaniemi metro station will be an innovative and exhilarating experience for passengers 2014-10-14
The City of Espoo has awarded the design of the user experience at the Otaniemi metro station to a team of students on the PdP course at Aalto University. The aim is to give people using the Aalto University station at Otaniemi an innovative and exhilarating experience. The team of students on the Product Development Project (PdP) comprises 11 students from different sectors, representing eight nationalities and four continents.


  • Each competitor of the vehicle race has a different mode of transport, such as an electric bike, a Segway, a wooden bike or just an ordinary bicycle. The competitors are, among others, Christoffer Masar, Mayor of Kauniainen, Jukka Mäkelä, Mayor of Espoo, Maria Guzenina, President of Espoo City Council and Member of Parliament, Özlem Canel, Deputy Ambassador of the Netherlands, Irma Karjalainen, Director, Regional and Environmental Information at HSY, and Marek Salermo, cycling expert.
  • The City Planning Department of Espoo has published a city model of Leppävaara in Espoo. The virtual model helps picturing the area’s planning and construction projects as well as their preliminary ideas. The programme is a browser-based 3D tool that helps co-operation and enables the utilisation of citizens’ place knowledge and ideas in city planning.
  • Mr Wang Shiyan, China’s Vice Minister, Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) and his delegation will visit Espoo on 28 June 2014 to familiarise themselves with land use and zoning in Espoo.
  • Bus routes change in the center of Tapiola on 28 January 2013. The changes are due to construction work on a Metro feeder bus terminal. The work will continue until late 2015.
  • As well as a phone, the tools of the costumer services manager comprise a computer, strong nervs and a desire to help.
Published 2012-02-09 15:23 , updated 2013-09-03 15:50

  • Land use planning