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Master planning

The master plan, which encompasses the whole city, sets the framework for the development for land use and traffic. The master plan outlines how the city functions as a whole and steers local detailed plans.

​The City of Lahti has developed a practice of continuous master planning. Under this model, the planning work proceeds in four-year cycles, with the master plan reviewed during each City Council term. A continuous planning process offers an overall picture of the city’s strategic land use, enabling the appropriate timing and targeting of more detailed city planning and building projects.

The master plan process is a discussion forum

An electronic geographical information system enables continuous planning work. Thanks to the electronic system, research and background information are always up to date. Knowledge built by residents is also recorded in the GIS system. All data items are given equal importance in the system and remain readily available for planning work at any time.

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