The strategic plan proposal describes the long-term development goals as well as the main guidelines and focal points regarding land use and the transport network in Espoo’s northern and central areas. The master plan will allow the area to have approximately 60,000 new residents and roughly 11,000 jobs by 2050. The proposal will be debated by the City Planning Committee on 27 November 2019. The proposal was first discussed on 13 November 2019.
The proposed master plan includes the area from Espoon keskus to the northern district of Pohjois-Espoo. The zoning area covers nearly a third of Espoo’s total land area, which is just over 300 square kilometres. The network-like urban structure described in the master plan proposal is mainly based on the road and railway connections and hubs.
Vibrant urban neighbourhoods and viable villages
The purpose of the plan proposal is to add strength to the network-like urban structure and village areas, achieve cohesion between land use and public transport and guarantee a functional service structure. The land use in the new residential areas will be linked to the existing transport network, which will also be further developed.
The land use focal points include Espoon keskus, a public transport route towards Kalajärvi and the areas alongside the Länsirata track, which is being planned near the Turunväylä motorway from Helsinki to Turku. The plan factors in the development of the existing urban centres, Espoon keskus and Kalajärvi. It also includes the development of three new centres, Hista, Myntinmäki and Viiskorpi, in the future.
The planned new residential areas are listed in the plan proposal based on their land use efficiency. All centres will have city-like residential areas, while smaller houses may be built further away.
New eco-industry and sustainable public transport solutions
In the plan proposal, the majority of workplaces are located in the centres and alongside the transport network. The areas around Lommila and the Kehä III beltway will gain importance as areas of employment and as part of the metropolitan industrial zone. The surroundings of the Turunväylä and Nupurintie roads will become increasingly important employment areas once the Länsirata track is constructed, in addition to which the plan facilitates the development of a regional eco-industrial area.
Regionally vital areas of technical maintenance will be located in Ämmässuo and Kulmakorpi: the waste treatment centre in Ämmässuo and the surrounding business area, as well as the land deposit centre of Kulmakorpi.
The plan proposal describes the goals of rail traffic and main public transport routes, but the decision on how these goals will be met will be made during a more detailed planning phase. The main public transport routes may initially consist of bus transport, for example, but can later be replaced with light rail routes once the number of passengers has increased.
Green areas and a rich cultural environment as strengths
The nearby nature is an important resource for the residents. In the future, the recreational areas and the related services included in the master plan will be easily accessible and sufficient in number. In addition to this, the general regulations of the plan make it compulsory to safeguard the biodiversity, nature and the green area network in the planning zone.
The Espoonjoki river valley zone will remain unbroken. It will form a combination of green areas, which will also include a number of culture historically valuable sites and locations. When developing the area further for recreational purposes its culture-historical values, alongside its natural values, will be accounted for as important factors. The planning zone’s rich cultural environment and layers of history give it character.
Plan proposal illustrated and decision-making supported by a diverse set of reports
A number of reports were written on various themes during the preparation phase. These included reports on the urban structure, environment and transport. The reports, analyses and impact assessments provide grounds for the plan proposal and illustrations of it, and they can be read on the City of Espoo’s website (in Finnish).
Once the City Planning Committee has completed its work, the plan proposal will be submitted to the City Board, which will approve the proposal and put it on display.
City Planning Committee agenda, 27 November 2019
More information about the master plan for the northern and central areas
Illustrations: Architects Anttila & Rusanen Oy/Ltd.