The urban planning services carry out the land-use planning duties provided in the Land Use and Building Act, prepare the related statements and decisions, and plan the cityscape of public areas. Moreover, urban planning includes the process of urban traffic planning, planning of infrastructure engineering, and the planning and developing of public transport connections.
The most significant planning tasks are the drafting of local detailed plans and general master plans. A local detailed plan is a detailed description of what – and on what principles – will be built in a particular area and how the area will otherwise be used. Master plans define the broader development principles for land use.
The geographic information unit, which is in charge of the geographic information systems in Kokkola, operates as a separate service unit under the urban planning services.
In terms of public transport, the urban transport system covers the entire suburban area with its peripheral zones. The public transport services are complemented by service transport lines operated with lighter equipment.
Further information: Director of Urban Planning Jouni Laitinen, tel. +358 (0)44 7809 360