City council ratified the Kuusijärvi plan

Kuusijärvi swimming area on a sunny day in the summer of 2020
Kuusijärvi swimming area in summer 2020.

Because of the new bridge leading to Sipoonkorpi, Kuusijärvi has become an even more popular outdoor recreation area. On October 19, Vantaa City Council ratified the plan alteration that will account for the increase in the number of visitors to the area.

Thanks to the alteration, there will be more parking spaces and vehicle access will become safer. New ski trails and routes as well as buildings serving visitors and nature tourism companies will be placed in the vicinity of the beach.

The city council also ratified alteration to Vapaala local detailed plan that will make it possible to build an 8-story residential building on the empty lot of Rajatorppa’s Piikkirinne 3. The ratified Vantaanlaakso plan alteration will create a separate area of 2-story small houses at the intersection of Vantaanlaaksontie and Tuuliviiri.

Economic situation affected by the coronavirus pandemic for the information of the city council

The city council entered the second interim report on January-August for information. At the end of July 2020, Vantaa’s population amounted to around 235 900, which equals an increase of 2 100 people. As a result of the coronavirus crisis, unemployment rate started to drastically surge up in March. At the end of July, Vantaa had over 20 400 unemployed people, of which the share of laid off people was around 30%.

New building permits were granted to almost 3 400 housing units, which is twice the number of the same period the previous year. Just like in previous years, the majority of housing production are apartment houses with one and two rooms.

Vantaa is projected to collect around €29 million euros less in municipal taxes than projected in the budget; this is mostly due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Operating income will increase to €426.8 million, while operating costs will amount to €1 688.3 million. The sales income from land sales and Oral Health Care are estimated to fall behind the budget due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Operating costs will exceed the budget by around €27 million. Social welfare and health care costs—excluding specialized care—are estimated to be €36.5 million higher than the budget. Of this sum, around €16.3 million will arise from additional costs caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Helsinki Region Transport’s (HSL) municipal share is projected to surpass the budget by €14 million, which is likewise due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the operational economy will be specified during 2020.

Investment costs will be cut in 2020. The cuts aim at investment savings of approximately €8.7 million. Another measure is to include Hämeenkylä school in the building program without additional allocation.

At the end of 2019, the city’s long-term loan portfolio amounted to around €897 million. The 2020 net borrowing in the budget is €51.6 million, but the amount of borrowing will be specified during the fall when the finance department has a more detailed picture of the impacts of the coronavirus crisis on the current year’s realized budget and cash situation.

The city council meeting also handled the meeting schedule for 2021 and 2022; granting absolute guarantee to Oy Apotti Ab; as well as response to Jussi Särkelä's and 15 other city councilors’ initiative to ensure the operations of influencing organs.

Published: 20.10.2020 
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