A general view of houses in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the West Bank.
(photo credit: AMMAR AWAD / REUTERS)
Planning is required if you want to build apartments. When there is a dearth of apartments, one of the key questions that arises is whether the lack of apartments today is because the scope of the planning wasn’t wide enough or because the construction process is too slow and can’t keep up with the planning. This debate is at the core of the argument about the future of the Committee for Preferred Areas for Housing. Following a government decision, the Planning Administration and the Israel Lands Authority provide the public with a database that includes all the apartments that exist “on paper” and their various planning stages, via the website data.gov.il. This database is the residential planning inventory. We have tried to examine the scope of the Jerusalem apartments that are currently in the planning stages.