Sarıyer is one of the most important districts of Istanbul, with its physical location,an environmental, historical and cultural richness.It is one of the districts that includes one of the largest forestlands in Istanbul. Sariyer spans an area of 151 km2 on the European side of Bosphorus. Sariyer, located in the north east of the European side along the Istanbul Strait. It remains between the Bosporus and Black Sea.The limit on the coast starts from Aşiyan and continues until the Black Sea shore. Even though Sarıyer is the centre, Emirgan, İstinye, Yeniköy, Tarabya and Büyükdere, which are along the Bosphorus from Rumelihisarı, are among important districts.In old ages, Sariyer had many empty lands and hills, and was not among the main settlement areas in the Antiquity and Byzantium age.There was small settlement in the shores in the Byzantium Empire times. The development of the small villages at the Bosporus shores started in the 16th and 17th centuries when the migrants from the Anatolia and Princes Islands moved there. The villagers mostly lived on fishing. The District consisted of Urban (30 neighbourhoods) and Rural (8 villages) areas.Sariyer has the potential to become the education and training centre of Istanbul with the Universities; such as, ITU, Boğaziçi, Koç Universities…There are strong multicultural communities in Sariyer. For centuries, Turks, Armenians, Greeks, Jewish and Romans have lived together in harmony. Sariyer has a big potential in sports especially in football, horse-riding and sea sports.Sarıyer is a district that could not reach to a sufficient level of development in terms of industry. Its general economic structure is comprised of tourism, service, agriculture and fishery sectors. Maslak district is one of the vital financial center of Istanbul where is connected to Sarıyer, makes the service sector of Sarıyer get developed. Sariyer has a great potential in all kinds of tourism. In addition to its natural, historical and cultural values, it is one of the most important destination for sea tourism. The City council seeks to realize the development of a city vision and responsible citizenship , preservation of urban rights and the rule of law, sustainable development, responsiveness to environment,mutual social assistance and solidarity,transparency,accountability, participation and subsidiarity in urban life. The recommendations developed in the City Council shall be included in the agenda of, and be evaluated in the subsequent meeting of the municipal assembly. The procedures and bases for the operation of the City Council shall be determined by the By-laws to be prepared by the Ministry of Interior.(Law on Municipalities No:5393
Sarıyer City Council is composed of representatives of non- governmental organizations, academicians, local administrators, cooperatives, foundations and associations in Sarıyer to produce solution-oriented projects for the Sarıyer City Council. There are 81 members in the executive board and also the Mayor of Sariyer Municipality was elected the president of the Sariyer City Council by these representatives.
Add to that there are 13 working groups under the Sarıyer City Council. Transportation, fishing, agriculture, local development, culture-arts,environment, health, animal rights and education are some of the working group topics.