• In the limelight

    Vilja Tähtinen
    Regional Information Specialist
    Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY

    The Helsinki region’s MAL agreement for 2016–2019 was ambitious, but its objectives at the level of the entire Helsinki region were achieved. The targets written into the agreement in terms of housing production were surpassed and even in terms of land use planning, the region fell only slightly short of the targets. The transport measures have also been realised, to a large degree. The objective of the MAL agreement was the “coordination of the community structure and transport system in such a way as to lay the groundwork for a significant increase of plot supply and housing production”. The agreement also aimed to increase the parties’ commitment to the common goals and to (thereby) steer land use, housing production and the transport system towards the consolidation of the community structure and sustainable mobility. This article briefly assesses the fulfilment of the agreement’s three subject matters 1) responding to the need for housing production, 2) the coordination of land use, housing and transport, and 3) transport services and transport infrastructure measures with an emphasis on the perspective of municipalities.