The Finnish land use planning system has three levels. The more detailed plans are always based on more general plans.
In the Tampere Region, the most general plan – the regional plan – is drawn up by the Council of Tampere Region. The more detailed local plans are drafted by the municipality, i.e., the City of Tampere.
The local master plan lays down the general principles of land use in the municipality. The purpose of the plan is to reconcile the demands of various functions, such as traffic, housing, workplace areas and industry.
The local detailed plan determines the purpose of use of a certain area and the building principles to be followed, such as the number of floors, purpose of use, building rights and surface materials. The plan is prepared using the master plan as guidance.
The preparation of land use plans is a participatory process involving the person drafting the plan and the people concerned. These include landowners and people whose homes, workplaces or other activities may be affected by the plans, as well as the authorities and non-governmental organisations whose specialty area is discussed during the planning process.
Information on land use planning in Tampere is distributed to all households once a year in the form of a review on land use planning by the City of Tampere. The plans are also on public display at http://www.tampere.fi/kaavatjakiinteistot/kaavoitus/kuulutukset.html (only in Finnish) and at the Frenckell Service Point, Frenckellinaukio 2 B.