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The Knesset Subcommittee on Reforming the Planning and Construction Law finished
its work after nearly two years, leaving MKs complaining that the new bill is so
long, they and the public will not have time to review it before it is put to a
The changes and objections to the Planning and Construction Law,
which were released on Thursday, are over 200 pages long and include over 600
articles. The sections of the bill will be brought to votes in the joint
interior-economics subcommittee in six separate meetings over the next two weeks
before it is brought to the plenum for its second and third (final)
Some of the topics included in the lengthy bill include
affordable housing, institutions for authorizing planning and construction and
the process of planning new construction as well as penalties for not following
the new guidelines.
Interior committee and subcommittee chairman Amnon
Cohen (Shas) is often the only MK meetings on the reform, which are conducted
with representatives of various government ministries.
members received the voting schedule on the bill earlier this week, MK Nitzan
Horowitz (Meretz), who has said that the reform serves the rich, complained that
MKs were given only nine days to learn the material and submit
“This is not enough time to allow MKs and the public to
discuss the ramifications of the changes and react in a serious way,” he wrote
in a letter to Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon.
According to Horowitz,
the short amount of time to submit objections is for show and not a true attempt
to hold a discussion.
“Is it right that such a small amount of time was
given to public representatives to react to a bill that is so controversial, so
broad and long, and has such major consequences on our society?” he
Horowitz had yet to receive a response at press time.
August, Horowitz complained that the reform blocks the public from participating
in the planning process and does not consider the environment or allow for
“The reform in planning and construction mainly serves
entrepreneurs who want to make money quickly while making the public suffer,” he
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