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Preparing a common land-use strategy for the Turku urban region


Detailed description of the Good Practice

Along with developing of the service structure, Turku Region has also been busy elaborating the Structural model 2035 for the Turku Urban Region – a common land-use strategy for 14 neighbouring municipalities in Southwest Finland. The Structural Model was born from the national municipality reform initiated by the Cabinet and is a continuation of the PARAS-project which aimed to remodel and integrate regional service structures. The planning process started in 2010 and it is planned to conclude in early 2012.

urban planning
quality of life
good governance
stakeholder involvement

Objectives of the Good Practice

to elaborate the Structural model 2035 in order to to find both a common vision for and the main solutions to the long-term development of the Turku region

Participants of the Good Practice

Regional and local authorities
individual residents

Target group of the Good Practice

14 neighbouring municipalities in Southwest Finland
Local and regional planners

More Details of the Good Practice

The main objective of the model has been to find both a common vision for and the main solutions to the long-term development of the Turku region. The quantitative target of the model is regional growth of 75 000 inhabitants. The overall objective underlines improvements to the competitiveness and attractiveness of the city-region and the mitigation of climate change. The strategy aims to have common targets for all significant land use activities such as housing, business, service provision, mobility and transport in connection to the network of urban green areas.

Finnish municipalities generally enjoy broad autonomy in land-use planning. Regional co-operation has thus often been quite challenging as the municipalities are used to seeing each other as competitors rather than as cooperation partners. Although the plan is not legally binding it will have great significance as it will be the first integrated plan to have attracted broad acceptance from the municipalities in the region.

The methods used in the planning process for the organisation of stakeholder meetings and to get politicians involved more generally were taken directly from the NEW BRIDGES project. Individual residents as well as local stakeholders from different municipalities and regional authorities have had several opportunities not only to comment on but also to direct and evaluate the plan through the stakeholder meetings and public hearings organised in accordance with the participation and dissemination strategy prepared at the beginning of the project. The Steering Group which consists of high level municipal politicians, city administrators and regional level actors has coordinated the whole process.

Documentation and documents

NEW BRIDGES project http://www.urbanrural.net

Available files

Contact details

Christina Hovi
e-mail: christina.hovi@turku.fi

Mikko Laaksonen
e-mail: mikko.laaksonen@varsinais-suomi.fi

Mr. Lauri Hooli
Project coordinator
Mob. +358 40 764 0683

Ms. Maija Rusanen
Communication coordinator
Mob. +358 44 9075994

Data sources and references

Planning Together for Better Quality of Life - Guide for Integrated Management of Urban Rural Interaction
News Bridge 1/2011