Data from residents benefits detailed planning of Lasihytti in many ways
- City planning
- Participation and influencing
Data collected from residents is being used for detailed planning in many ways. This is also done in Kauklahti where the detailed plan of Lasihytti is being designed for the area surrounding the station. The aim is to build centre-like urban housing and new homes for 4,000 new residents.
In spring 2019, residents’ opinions were collected regarding the plans for the preparation stage of the Lasihytti detailed planning . At the time, 15 free-form written opinions were submitted. In addition to this, people’s views were collected via a map survey where a total of 17 map markings were submitted. Residents were also able to comment on the plans at a residents’ event.
After this, the My Espoo on the Map survey for the whole area of Espoo opened in 2020. This survey did not include feedback requests for specific plans; instead, it focused on places that are important to Espoo residents overall, as well as the feelings and development needs related to them.
For the survey, numerous comments were also received about the Kauklahti area and Lasihytti detailed plan area. The survey took place about a year after feedback being collected for the Lasihytti plans. When the survey results were published, specifications were being made to the Lasihytti detailed plan.
Espoo River and cultural and historical values are held in high regard
Currently, the area of Lasihytti covered by the plan is primarily an industrial area, and partially consists of undeveloped fields or riverbanks. The area does not feature many everyday places important to the residents, which they were asked to mark in the My Espoo on the Map survey. The only exception to this was Kauklahti Station, which is located in the town plan area.
However, based on the survey, the Lasihytti shopping centre located next to the detailed plan area is an extremely popular everyday location where people arrive by traversing the detaild plan area by car and by foot. The shopping centre is also seen as a positive and special place, according to the survey. Conversely, the Kuusakoski waste treatment and utilisation plant was seen as a negative place because its operations cause noise and smell disturbances in the surrounding areas.
In the My Espoo on the Map survey, residents were also asked to mark their development ideas on places of their choice. Even though the Lasihytti detailed plan area did not receive many map markings, residents still had ideas for the area’s development.
Regarding the detailed plan area, respondents wished to see improved recreation opportunities on the riverside, as well as more services there. It was also considered important that there be a continuous walking and cycling path along the entire route.
The opinions expressed regarding the Lasihytti detailed plan featured very similar wishes. People hoped that the natural and recreational values of the Espoo River and key outdoor paths in particular would be taken into consideration. Both surveys featured people’s concerns about the sufficiency of public services in the area.
Because of this, special attention has been paid to the development of the Espoo River banks in the preparation of the Lasihytti detailed plan. In addition to this, the need for public services has been extensively assessed together with the City’s other divisions.
Varying views of places suitable for housing
In the My Espoo on the Map survey, respondents were also asked to mark where they would place new housing and what the new housing should be like. Based on the results, people would like to see new housing in the Lasihytti detailed plan area mainly in the undeveloped area between the river and the station and the open field to the east. Some markings were also placed on the industrial plots which have already been developed. The most sought-after housing types included high-rises, low-rises and terraced houses.
When opinions about the Lasihytti plans were requested during the preparation stage of 2019, it turned out that the residents thought the construction planned was excessive. According to the views submitted, the new buildings should be three or four stories high, at the maximum. Some respondents expressed the wish that the open field area not have any buildings.
The most notable difference between the two surveys was which places were seen as suitable for housing and new construction. Some considered the undeveloped field and riverbank to be the best places for construction, while others believed they should remain undeveloped. The respondents of the My Espoo on the Map survey also wanted to see more blocks of flats in the area. However, respondents of both surveys saw detached houses and terraced houses as suitable for this specific area.
Different surveys support and complement each other
Overall, it can be said that the results of the My Espoo on the Map survey and the residents’ views collected regarding the Lasihytti plan differed from each other. One of the reasons for this may be that the surveys took place in different times and reached different people.
Furthermore, the My Espoo on the Map survey did not include introductions to the plans for the area or express which projects are ongoing in the area. As such, the responses focused on commenting on the area’s current status. Conversely, the residents’ comments on the detailed plan were based on the preliminary plans presented during the preparation stage.
It was useful to utilise the results of two different surveys to prepare the Lasihytti detailed plan. Many of the responses to the My Espoo on the Map survey featured comments and opinions on the detailed plan area, which complemented the opinions collected earlier in the preparation stage of the plan. The results of the separate surveys increased the planners’ understanding of the area and of which locations are valued by the residents.
Are you interested in the results of the My Espoo on the Map survey?
You can find more information and articles on the website about the survey.
Are you interested in the detailed plan of Lasihytti? See the website for the plan.
Architect Sonja Sahlsten