The Regional Planning
The Sibbesborg area has been included in the “Helsinki-Porvoo kehyssuunnitelma (HEPO)”, which was compiled in co-operation with the cities of Helsinki, Vantaa, Sipoo and Porvoo, as well as the Regional Council of Uusimaa. The plan indicates alternative areas suitable for urban-type development and sets out common principles.
A Regional Land Use Plan defines the use of areas needed for particular purposes and the principles of urban structure from the point of view of regional development.
The project for the production of the Helsinki-Porvoo Frame of Development (HEPO) sought to discover a common strategic intent for land use in the area up to 2050. The plan starts from the premise that the area between Helsinki and Porvoo will in the coming decades receive one fifth of the population growth in the metropolitan region, which translates to 150,000 new residents. One of the starting points of the frame of development was to ensure good accessibility to the area.
The Local Planning
As regards Sibbesborg, the proposed plan follows largely the aims and principles of the 2025 Sipoo Master Plan. The proposal presents considerable densification and development of the area around Sipoonlahti bay, and it also makes South Sipoo a more integral part of the metropolitan region.
The plan directs growth especially to the area between the Porvoo motorway and road nr 170 (Uusi Porvoontie), where a new municipal centre is also located. In the future, the urban focus in Sipoo would therefore shift from Nikkilä to Sibbesborg. Söderkulla too is developed into a denser area in the plan, and the east side of Sipoonlahti bay is developed as an suburban area. The transport solution for Sibbesborg is based on a rail line, for which a preliminary alignment from Östersundom to the new centre is indicated in the plan. If the line is built, the area of Östersundom and Sibbesborg would need to be developed with the rail line as its main transport mode.
Adopted in 2008 and enforced in the beginning of 2012, the master plan starts from the premise that Sipoo will in the future be an increasingly integral part of the metropolitan region, and that growth will be directed to existing urban areas along the railway line. The master plan is based on an estimated 35,000 new residents by 2025.
Sibbesborg Development policy
Development policy = Shared guidelines for future development
The Sibbesborg development policy encompasses the competition area of the sustainable community planning competition for Sibbesborg conducted in 2011.
The target year of the development policy is 2065, when the urban structure with its public transport systems will for the most part be complete.
In the planning phase of the Sibbesborg competition, goals were formulated in workshops whose participants included experts as well as local residents and politicians. Openness, interaction and a multi-disciplinary approach will continue to be main principles of the organisation of planning for the area also in the future.
Workshops and seminars produce valuable material used for both background and objectives in planning. The collective approach gives an opportunity for reflective learning, which is an important part of the formation of planning practices and the search for a new, creative operational culture. The planning organisation not only seeks to resolve issues and problems under consideration, it is also engages in a wider consideration on how to develop the preconditions of planning and implementation. In the process of drawing up the development policy, full use was made of the objectives and background material for the Sibbesborg competition that was gathered from a variety of actors in 2010. The material and the objectives were evaluated in a seminar with Sipoo Municipal Council, in workshops with experts and residents, and in surveys among locals, conducted in cooperation with Aalto University.