Five-story residential buildings line the pedestrian and cycling route.
Residential area with blocks of flats in the northern and central master plan areas of Espoo. Stock photo.Photo: Espoon kaupunki

Master plan for the northern and central areas of Espoo

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The master plan area of northern and central Espoo encompasses about half of Espoo’s area. The plan reflects the intended situation by 2050. The master plan prepares for Espoo’s growth and strengthens the operational integrity of the city structure through infilling with attention paid to service needs and creating the conditions for functional public transport. The Master plan for the northern and central areas of Espoo was partially approved by the City Council on 7 June 2021. An appeal against the plan has been lodged with the Administrative Court.

Plan name

Master plan for the northern and central areas of Espoo

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Type of land use plan

Master plan


Acceptance phase

Additional information

The current master plan for the northern areas of Espoo came into force in 1997, and it can no longer meet the challenges posed by the growing Metropolitan Area and changing city. The master plan for the northern and central areas of Espoo steers the housing construction, workplace areas and transport network of the coming decades as a whole. When housing and workplaces are concentrated in the centres, the natural and cultural environments in the areas surrounding them can be preserved. According to the master plan for the northern and central areas of Espoo, the existing Kalajärvi centre in the area will be developed further, and new local centres will be built along public transport routes. At the same time, conditions for sufficient housing production and functional public transport will be created.

Read more about the preparation and content of the plan on the project webpage in Finnish

You can find current information about the progress of a plan on the plan webpage in Finnish. For more information, you can contact the planners. You can participate in the planning process by submitting an opinion during the preparation stage or an objection during the proposal stage.

You can read more about the process of town planning and resident participation on the Master planning process in stages page.   

You can follow the decision-making related to the plan.  The plan’s processing phases and decisions related to it from 22 October 2020 onwards can be found in the City’s new decision-making system(external link). Processing phases and decisions up to 21 October 2020 are in the old system.  Enter the title or area number of the plan into the search field of the decision-making system. If you do not know the specific title or number, select the ‘Tekstistä’ (‘search in text’) option.
Decisions older than four years can be found in the City’s archives.
If you would like to receive a notification of the approval decision, please request this in writing during the preparation phase or when the proposal is available for viewing. Please enter your name and e-mail address or postal address.


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Essi Leino

Master Planning Manager +358 46 8771911Tekniikantie 15, Otaniemi

Anne Pitkänen

Master Planning Technician, information about master plans and permit to build in area in need for planning+358 43 8250559Tekniikantie 15, Otaniemi

Aulis Palola

Transportation engineer, Traffic planning for master plans+358 43 8252605Tekniikantie 15, Otaniemi