The new planning reform for public institutions in Jerusalem will be brought before the District Planning and Building Committee on Monday, July 30, 2018.
The reform changes the planning approach for the city's public zones and their utilization, and will make it possible to cluster different public uses, such as kindergartens, mother-baby clinics, and day care centers, in a single lot. This will lead to optimized land use and allow sufficient construction of public institutions for providing services for thousands of new housing units in the future.
In addition, the reform will enable developers to receive approval for additional units in plans that were already approved, on condition that extra space is also allocated for public institutions.
This reform is vital for addressing the continuous growth of the city and the constant need for additional housing units. Projections predict an addition of 100,000 housing units to the city by 2040, representing population growth of 450,000 people. This projection has prompted the Municipality to prepare a local master plan for public spaces, which will allow the addition of construction area designated for public institutions, leaving more land for residential use.