Northern Baltic’s most interesting city
Turku will turn respectable 800 years in 2029. This important year has also been chosen as the focal point for examining the City Strategy and Turku’s future. The celebration will agreeably take place in a city that is better managed and participatory, and has a healthy economy.
A City Strategy extending to 2029 has been compiled for Turku in broad cooperation, and it was accepted by Turku City Council on 23 June 2014. The updated version of the City Strategy was accepted by the City Council on 16 April 2018.
Many Turku based sports clubs wished for more co-operation between the Sports bodies and the sports clubs, so in the spring of 2003 the increase of such interaction was discussed.
The Sports board introduced at Parainen city’s strategic days that the cooperation between sports clubs is important to raise as a focus area of strategic planning and that a permanent organization should be founded to co-ordinate the co-operation between the two sports parties.
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The City of Turku has three extensive spearhead projects derived from the city strategy:
1. Development of the city centre
2. Turku Science Park
3. Smart and Wise Turku
1. Development of the city centre
Objectives: Creating a vision for a dynamic city centre and taking concrete measures to achieve it.
The City Development Department of the City Board is responsible for the strategic guidance of the city's property development, land use and use of space.
The department has 13 memebers. Each member has a personal substitute. The department members are elected for a two-year term by the Council.
In its operating area, the unit is responsible for environmental health regulatory control and duties and their implementation in matters in accordance with the Food Act, Health Protection Act, Veterinary Care Act, Tobacco Act and Medicines Act (nicotine products).
Environmental health is divided into health protection, inspection of foodstuffs and veterinary care.
The unit is responsible for permit and supervision duties of the environmental protection authority and duties and expert services assigned for a campsite authority and municipal authority referred to in the Environmental Protection Act, takes care of affairs related to game and fishery management, hunting and fishing, and surveillance in accordance with hunting and fishing law in these areas.
The unit is responsible for guiding construction work, counselling and permit and inspection services. Permit services include registering permit applications, preparing permits, decision-making, invoicing and maintaining a register of buildings and flats. Inspection services include supervision during construction work, site marking and location reviews, continuous supervision and tree felling affairs.
Building control is managed by a building inspector.
Parking control is responsible for monitoring regulations concerning parking, stopping vehicles and idling. It is also responsible for imposing parking fines and other sanctions prescribed by law.
Vehicle tow-away is responsible for operations required by local tow-away and storage tow-away of vehicles in the Turku area.
Parking services maintain city parking meters and is responsible for development and functionality of parking payment options
The service area of permits and surveillance is responsible for official duties of construction, environmental protection and nature conservation, environmental health, parking surveillance and regional waste management and related counselling, guidance, surveillance and expert services.
The service area is managed by a control manager.
Four units operate in the service area:
The department is responsible for the city’s land acquisition, developing properties, conveyances and preparation of land use agreements. The plot services are also responsible for land leasing within the city, sales points, recreation areas, allotment gardens, building management and housing management of the city’s land and water property. In addition, the department is responsible for authority duties that, in conformity with housing legislation, are the responsibility of the municipality.
The transport planning unit is responsible for the traffic technical maintenance, planning and development of the transportation system (apart from public transport) in accordance with requirements of functionality, safety and sustainable development. The unit monitors the development of safety and the amount of traffic within the transport network and participates in the maintenance of regional transport model
The planning department is responsible for designing built environment and developing the cityscape, good urban structure and planned land. The objective is an attractive, functional, healthy and safe living environment in accordance with principles of sustainable development
The planning department is responsible for organising the master plans and city plans that guide construction in the city, along with organising related involvement and compilation of reports. The tasks of the department also include preparing deviation decisions and planning need decisions.
The city surveying and geographic information matrix is responsible for plot divisions, cadastral surveys of city plan area and maintenance of real estate register, house numbering of properties, production and maintenance of geographic information data, geographic information systems and customer service in the division.
The matrix is managed by a city geodesist.
Four units operate in the matrix:
The unit is responsible for having building renovations carried out and new buildings constructed in accordance with the city’s investment plan. The unit can also serve as a construction consultant. The unit participates in compiling project plans in the role of an expert and helps in creating a facility investment programme for the city.
The unit manages and maintains city streets, market squares, parks, bridges, green areas and other public areas. The unit plays off maintenance contractors and service producers against each other. The tasks of the unit also include housing management and supervision of public areas.
The task of the unit is to have streets, market squares, parks, bridges, green areas and other infrastructures of public areas built in accordance with the city’s investment programme. The unit plays off contractors and service producers against each other.
The unit is responsible for preparing construction plans needed to implement street and park plans and urban environment. In addition, it is responsible for ordering and guiding planning and carrying out a share of implementation planning. The duties of the unit also include preparing required official permits and reports.
The service area of urban construction is responsible for implementation planning, construction and maintenance of streets and other public areas and building city premises. It also fills road and street management functions in conformity with legislation.
The service area is managed by an urban construction manager Kimmo Suonpää.
Four units function in the service area:
Urban design and land property is responsible for the city’s land use and transport design, planning, and the acquisition, development and conveyance of the city’s land property. The service area also monitors the development of urban structure.
The service area is managed by a land use manager Jyrki Lappi.
Three departments operate within the service area:
The Urban Environment Division is responsible for organising operating conditions needed for the growth of an attractive city, developing urban environment and the structural functionality and attractiveness of the city.
The division is also responsible for the built infrastructure of the city, the implementation and maintenance of a high-quality urban environment and the planning and implementation of healthy spaces.
In addition to the Mayors, the Management Group of the City includes the Directors of the Central Administration groups and the Divisional Directors, as well as the Personnel, Communications, and Strategy and Development Directors. The Secretary of the Management Group is Ari-Pekka Korhonen and the Management Group is assisted by Executive Assistant Anna Bertoft.
New lease on life for VR Group’s old engineering works
In order to come true, the Turku 2011 programme required new, adaptable premises. Some performances and exhibitions required a large industrial hall or a similar space. Logomo was created to meet these needs.
After Turku’s year as the Capital of Culture, Logomo has continued its operations and has grown into a diverse event centre for creative industries. The modern premises, built with skill within the old building, have been praised for their state-of-the-art technology, for example.