Master plans are based on the regional land use plan for the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region. Master plans indicate the general principles of future land use in the city. Master plans are approved by the City Council. Some of the approved Master plans, or parts thereof, have legal effect and some have not, even if they still guide detailed land use planning in the city.
There are three master plans covering extensive areas: the master plans I and II for northern Espoo and the master plan for southern Espoo. Master plans in force
The master plans I and II for northern Espoo are to be replaced with a master plan for the northern and middle parts of Espoo. There are also several pending masterplans covering smaller areas. Pending master plans