A total of 27,500 new residential units will have been built in the capital region over the past two years by the end of 2017, indicates an assessment of how the municipalities and central administration are complying with their agreement on land-use, housing and transport (MAL).
Such agreements lay out housing production targets for municipalities in exchange for state funding for regional transport infrastructure projects.
The agreement between the capital region and central administration stipulates that the municipalities in the region build a total of 60,000 new residential units in 2016–2019. As the target for the first two years of the agreement was 28,000 units, the municipalities are on pace to fall only two percentage points short of the two-year target.
The capital region consists of 14 municipalities: Espoo, Helsinki, Hyvinkää, Järvenpää, Kauniainen, Kerava, Kirkkonummi, Mäntsälä, Nurmijärvi, Pornainen, Sipoo, Tuusula, Vantaa and Vihti.
Kimmo Tiilikainen (Centre), the Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing, says housing production in the region is currently on a positive trajectory.
“Land-use planning has developed in the right direction, and the number of housing initiatives in the Helsinki region clearly exceeds the targets laid out in the MAL agreement,” he states in a press release from the Finnish government.
Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, reminds that also the efforts to develop the regional transport infrastructure have proceeded according to plan. The efforts to improve sustainable transport services, and promote walking and cycling have similarly yielded results.
“Smooth co-operation and open-mindedness are a necessity for transport planning. I believe it is important that market-based service providers continue to contribute to these efforts. That way we can ensure the outcome is functional,” says Berner.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi