We are pleased to present you with another Planning and Zoning Law update which contains summaries of recent court and tribunal decisions.
The National Planning and Zoning Council recently approved National Outline Plan 1 (the “Plan”) – the consolidated national outline plan which is meant to replace all of the existing national outline plans. The purpose of the Plan is to advance building plans throughout Israel and make them more efficient, increase planning certainty and remove obstacles, including bureaucratic ones.
The Plan will enable an overall and comprehensive perspective which will facilitate the establishment of development, infrastructure, environmental and residential systems. In addition, the Plan will promote the consolidation and integration of infrastructure of different types and thus it is meant to shorten and make more efficient infrastructure planning and construction.
The Plan, inter alia, addresses the coastal areas, open areas, transportation, energy and more.
At this stage the Plan is set to be transferred for government approval.
We note in this context that section 197 of the Planning and Zoning Law allows for the filing of a compensation claim also with respect to national outline plans. However, such claims are more difficult to prove since the nature of the planning is in general more comprehensive and broader. That being said, as always, each case must be evaluated according to its specific facts.
Please find the full legal update here (Hebrew)