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Tallinn initiated Old Town development plan until 2035

The Tallinn City Government initiated the development document "Tallinn Old Town Development Plan 2023-2035" and established the outline for the development plan.

According to Madle Lippus, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn, the development plan is based on the objective of making the Old Town a pleasant living environment for locals, while at the same time developing it as an active city centre. "In preserving the values of Tallinn's Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is important to follow the best modern heritage conservation practices, i.e. to give an important role in preserving and developing the heritage to local residents and businesses," she added.

The aim of the Old Town Development Plan is to find spatial and functional solutions, including financing, that fit into the historic environment of Tallinn's Old Town and ensure its sustainable development as a UNESCO World Heritage City. The development plan will take into account both the effects of the global health crisis and society's growing expectations in terms of environmental sustainability of buildings and accessibility of urban space.

The development plan will be introduced and public consultations will take place from August to November this year. The development plan will be finalised and submitted to Tallinn City Government for approval in December 2022. The development plan will be valid until 2035, in line with the Tallinn Development Strategy "Tallinn 2035" in terms of period and thematic structure. The Tallinn City Centre Government is responsible for the preparation of the development plan.

Monika Haukanõmm, district elder of Tallinn City Centre, said that defining common development directions is extremely important so that every person and organisation involved in the Old Town, now or in the future, can take these directions into account when planning their own activities. "The Old Town is a very special place - it has a long history, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it is also home and place of work for many people. To ensure that all these different interests go hand in hand, it is vital to develop the Old Town in a conscious and holistic way - in terms of culture, business, traffic and various utility issues," said Haukanõmm. "Our big goal for 2035 will be to increase the permanent population of the Old Town from a few thousand today to 5,000! To achieve this, Tallinn must also be a 15-minute city for the residents of the Old Town - both young families and the elderly."

According to Monika Haukanõmm, one very unanimous idea has been to create a single position in the city system, focused exclusively on the Old Town, to represent the local population and act as a community elder, curator, organise regular round tables and finally monitor the implementation of the development plan.

The development plan for Tallinn's Old Town has involved the city authorities, businesses, associations and individuals active in the Old Town. The development plan will be coordinated with the Tallinn Strategic Management Office and other city authorities according to the area of activity. The outline of the Old Town Development Plan is available on the Tallinn Legislation Information System Teele.