The Finnish land use planning system has three levels:
- the regional plan
- the local master plan and
- the local detailed plan.
The regional spatial plan is drawn up by the Regional Council. The local master plan and the local detailed plan are prepared by the local authority.
The Regional Spatial Plan 2040
The regional spatial plan contains a general plan for land use for the entire region or for a specific sub-area therein. It sets out the principles of land use and community structure, and designates areas as necessary for regional development. The plan is used as a guideline when drawing up municipal plans and organizing land use.
The regional plan covers the entire Ostrobothnia and essential functions in the society, such as community structure, cultural environments, green areas, traffic, and water supply. The plan is presented on a map with a key to the symbols and written regulations. The plan also includes a report which provides the information required for assessing the goals and options of the plans and their impacts, and the justification for the approaches adopted.