Turku Healthy Urban Planning
Detailed description of the Good Practice
In Finland the participation in the city planning has a strong legislative support (Land Use Act, 2000). Due this, people’s opinions have to be taken in consideration in all planning processes. The City Planning department has employed a person to develop the social impact assessment (SIA) approach with the city planners.
”District Partnership” is a programme to promote participation in the neighbourhoods. The district workers and partnership groups are tools for the city planners to increase collaboration between officials and residents. More than half of the people’s initiatives consider city planning. Several concrete results, traffic lights, saving children’s favourite green area etc. can be seen each year.
The Sports and Recreation and the Green areas departments have taken a strong role in developing their activities together with the local people. Examples are (a) ”neighbourhood physical activities” e.g. turn-ing an old track-and-field area into an active neighbourhood living room with equipment which enhance people to be active and (b) “green area development plan” + ”voluntary work programme” for the green areas where local people are offered tools and guidance to do small-scale environmental improvements.
More Details of the Good Practice
Coordinator of Healthy City Turku
Vanha Suurtori 7
mob. +358 50 559 0249
Data sources and references
Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association
WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Health in the Baltic Region