Master planning process
Institution of proceedings
In Espoo, the institution of planning proceedings is announced in connection with plan announcements in the newspapers that the city uses for such purpose (Länsiväylä and Hufvudstadsbladet).
The annually published planning review includes information about projects whose preparation is known beforehand and will begin within about a year. The planning review is compiled on the basis of the work programme decided by the City Planning Board. You can download it from this website (in Finnish).
Objectives and PAP
The City Board decides on the starting points and objectives for planning.
Participation and assessment plan
At the beginning of the planning process, a participation and assessment plan (PAP) is drawn up for each individual plan. The participation and assessment plan specifies the objectives and starting points for the planning process, how the preparation of the plan and decision-making will proceed and how participation, interaction and impact assessment will be arranged.
The participation and assessment plan can be complemented as the planning proceeds.
The participation and assessment plan will be available for review at
the Technical and Environmental Services customer service
and on the plan website throughout the planning process.
Co-operation with residents
Interaction and participation in the planning process are arranged as specified in the PAP. For example, a resident event is often organised in the early stages of the planning process after the completion of the PAP. The parties are informed of the event as extensively as possible (for example, in newspapers and on the plan website).
In the draft planning phase, reports are made and alternative draft plans are prepared, as necessary. In the planning phase, the goal is to obtain key information influencing the plan solution. If necessary, it is also possible to first prepare a vision based on which the draft plan is created.
The draft plan preparation material consists of informal, draft-like planning material that may include different alternatives. The preparation material illustrates the planning objectives and the environment as it would appear after the realisation of the plan.
The work is co-ordinated by the City Planning Department.
The City Planning Board decides on making the draft plan available for public review.
Public review of the draft
The plan preparation material will be available for review for the time specified (30 days). In Espoo, plans are available for review at the Technical and Environmental Services customer service. In addition, the draft preparation material is available on the plan website.
During the review period, the parties concerned may express their opinions about the preparation material. Written opinions may be delivered to the City of Espoo Registry Office (P.O. Box 1, 02070 City of Espoo) or sent by e-mail to kirjaamo(at)espoo.fi by 3:45 pm on the last day of public review.
A resident event is organised for the parties concerned, such as a briefing and discussion. The parties are informed of the event as extensively as possible (in newspapers and on the plan website). Interaction and participation in the planning process are arranged as specified in the PAP.
The plan solution and its implementation are further specified on the basis of feedback and further negotiations. The plan map with its markings and specifications and the plan report are largely finalised.
The opinions expressed about the draft plan are processed at this stage. Summaries of the opinions and the designers’ comments/replies are available at the Technical and Environmental Services customer service during the draft proposal’s review period.
Those who have expressed their opinion and included their address will be informed of the municipality’s view on the opinion in accordance with Section 65 of the Land Use and Building Act.
The work is co-ordinated by the City Planning Department.
The City Board decides on making the plan proposal available for public review.
Public review of the proposal
The plan proposal will be made available for review (30 days) in the same manner as the draft plan. The public review period will be announced extensively (in newspapers and on the plan website).
During the review period, the parties concerned may submit comments on the plan proposal by 3:45 pm on the last day of public review. The comments must be delivered to the City of Espoo Registry Office (P.O. Box 1, 02070 City of Espoo) or sent by e-mail to kirjaamo(at)espoo.fi.
Approval of the proposal
The necessary adjustments are made to the plan proposal. If there are significant adjustments to the proposal, it must be made available for public review again.
The City Planning Board processes the comments received on the plan proposal and sends the proposal to the City Board and then to the City Council for approval.
The City Council approves master plans and partial master plans.
Once the approval decision has been made, it is possible to appeal the lawfulness of the plan to the Helsinki Administrative Court and possibly further to the Supreme Administrative Court.
After processing by the City Council, the decision to approve the plan is made known to those members of the municipality and parties submitting comments who requested this in writing and provided their address while the plan was available for public review, in accordance with Section 67 of the Land Use and Building Act.
Entry into force of the plan
After approval, the plan becomes effective when it has been announced in the newspapers the city uses for such purpose (Länsiväylä and Hufvudstadsbladet) if no appeals have been made.
- If the decision of approval has been appealed, the appeals are handled by the court. If the appeals are rejected, the plan will become effective once it has been announced in the newspapers mentioned above.
- If the decision of approval has been appealed but the appeals do not concern the entire planning area, the City Board may decide to put the plan into force in parts not affected by the appeal. Such decisions must also be announced in the newspapers that the city uses for such purpose.