Plans and planning
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Planning regulates how residential areas, workplaces, green areas and traffic are positioned in the city. In Helsinki, the City Planning Department is responsible for planning.
Planning is divided into different plan levels: a more general master plan guides the more specific town plans.
The master plan is a general plan of the organisation of land use and traffic that covers the whole city. The master plan is drawn up in Helsinki approximately every ten years.
The town plan regulates what purposes an area can be used for and how much can be built. The regulations also concern heights of buildings, widths of streets and other matters affecting the structure and cityscape of the area. Building can begin when the town plan has been approved by the City Council and become legally valid.