Local master plan on seven maps — draft for the future of Tampere is on display
The draft local master plan of Tampere for 2040 is on public display. Citizens may comments on the plan until the end of September. The seven maps illustrate the city’s potential growth areas and they show consideration for the existing environment.
The local master plan covers all urban districts apart from Teisko and it affects 98 per cent of the residents in Tampere. The draft plan covers one fourth of the area of Tampere.
The draft is on seven different maps because all the aspects of the development project would not fit on one map. The plan is accompanied by a plan report that describes the content of the plan, among other things.
According to estimates, the population of Tampere and the surrounding region will grow by tens of thousands over the next decades. We must make preparations for this growth in order to keep it under control. The population growth could even improve the quality of the living environments, which is the overall objective of the new local master plan.
The local master plan prepares for a population growth of 60,000 new residents in the inner city and tens of thousands of new jobs. The growth will mainly focus on the built urban areas that are already covered by plans.
Complementary construction on the existing built areas will secure the availability of services near people’s homes and create prerequisites for improving the quality of the environment. The aim of the local master plan is to develop all the areas of the inner city. It enables achieving a more balanced urban structure, both in the eastern, western and southern parts of the city.
The community structure map illustrates the allocation of the built urban area for different uses, along with areas that will be unbuilt according to the plan. The map also shows the target state of the central network, which will comprise five regional centres in addition to the city centre. The built area also encompasses many green areas, although all of the parks included in the green network are not shown on the maps.
Unlike previous plans, the new local master plan governs the building of holiday homes on lakeshores, which enables granting building permits directly on the basis of the plan. The additional construction of some shore areas will be investigated further during the preparation of the plan proposal.
Part of the future Hiedanranta district requires further analyses. The city will organise a design competition in Hiedanranta, and the land use recorded on the local master plan proposal will be based on its results. The new use of the area that nowadays houses water treatment plants will also be investigated during the preparation process.
Services, livelihoods and the traffic system are displayed on a separate map. The map illustrates the areas that are allocated for centralised services. The map also outlines the strategic development of job areas, including innovation environments that utilise public transport and logistics areas that utilise regional thoroughfares.
Public transport is the most important aspect of the traffic system development: the map displays tram lines, bus trunk routes, park-and-ride facilities and commuter train lines. Most of the population growth will occur in areas that already have efficient public transport services. The new Hiedanranta is more or less the only district that needs new traffic connections, namely, a new road and commuter train stops. A road for parallel vehicle traffic is needed at the ring road between the Kaukajärvi and Alajärvi junctions.
The housing and local transport map presents the areas allocated for complementary construction in more detail. Each residential area has its own card, which presents its characteristic features and development and guides more detailed planning.
The other maps depict green areas and recreational services, protection of the cultural environment, sustainable water economy, and environmental health. The latter includes drainage water control and urban engineering.
The city has produced separate reports during the land use planning process, and these will also be on display. The reports concern, for instance, the covering of major thoroughfares with decks and areas allocated for industrial use and jobs. The planning process has included studies on the environment, nature and green areas and taken cultural historical and archaeological matters into account. The latest report discusses the current planning status of shore areas in the inner city.
The residents have had many opportunities to familiarise themselves with the new plan already at the preparation stage because the local master plan will affect almost everyone in Tampere. The residents’ events will continue, for example, in the form of discussions held with Asukas-Alvarit in different parts of the city.
– North-east: Lunch room of the Leinola school, Thu, 25 August at 5:30–7:30 p.m.
– South: Lunch room of the Hatanpää school, Tue, 30 August at 5:30–7:30 p.m.
– South-west: Hervanta Leisure Centre, room 222, Thu, 1 September at 5:30–7:30 p.m.
– West: multipurpose facility Tuike at the Lielahti Centre, Wed, 7 September at 5:30–7:30 p.m.
We will also organise a public seminar on the local master plan, which will include an introduction to the draft plan, presentations by speakers, and a discussion on local master planning.
The seminar will be held in Monitoimitalo 13 (Satakunnankatu 13) on Thursday, 8 September 2016. The plans are on display from 4:00 p.m. and the seminar starts at 5:30 p.m.
The comments and statements regarding the plan will receive responses, and the City Board will draw policies on the basis of the responses at its planning meeting. The responses will then be used as the basis of the plan proposal. The objective is to approve the plan during the City Council’s term of office, i.e. in early 2017.
Text Anna-Leea Hyry