Apartment in Tel Aviv 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The Justice Ministry drafted a legal definition for affordable housing to be
used in legislation, presenting it to the Subcommittee on Reforming the Planning
and Construction Bill on Sunday.
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Last week, committee chairman Amnon
Cohen (Shas) threatened to stop the bill’s passing if it did not include
Protesters and politicians alike have demanded that
affordable homes be included in the government’s housing reform, but the concept
had never been legally defined before.
The Justice Ministry presented
Cohen with a preliminary outline of what such housing would
Anyone eligible for affordable housing would be able to stay in
the home for 10-15 years. The 75-sq.m. homes would be sold at regulated prices,
and a certain percentage of every affordable-housing site would be allocated as
In addition, whoever builds affordable homes will
receive additional benefits from the state.
Cohen told the ministry’s
representatives that “there will not be any underhanded maneuvers in the
Planning and Construction Bill – everything must be out in the open.”
outline’s details, such as how to regulate prices, will be determined after the
Justice Ministry meets with other relevant ministries.
Interior-Economics Subcommittee on Reforming the Planning and Construction Bill
has been working on long-term changes, to little fanfare, as people continue to
demonstrate across the country, voicing opposition to Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu’s recently approved National Housing Committees Law.
National Housing Committees Bill will be applicable for a year-and-a-half in
large construction projects that fit certain criteria, Cohen is working on 619
pages of comprehensive changes to planning and building codes, which have been
mostly unchanged since 1965. Both bills are meant to shorten the bureaucratic
process in planning new construction, but the reform in the planning and
construction bill would change the entire planning hierarchy in the long term.