Civil cemetery plans get green light

After a protracted legal battle, the city of Herzliya has finally been given the go-ahead to build a civil cemetery and a public park next to Kibbutz Glil Yam, reports Ten years after the plans were first proposed, the District Planning and Construction Committee approved the disengagement of the cemetery and park from overall plans for the Glil Yam area, enabling the city to move ahead without having to wait for the approval of kibbutz members or the Israel Lands Authority. According to the report, the overall Glil Yam plans provide for the conversion of currently agricultural land to build some 4,000 residential units, as well as a new cemetery, a 210-dunam public park, an animal welfare center and municipal infrastructure, including an expansion of the city's waste purification plant. The plans have been bogged down in the courts for years, largely because of residents' objections to the residential building project, which they say would obstruct views, create congestion and destroy their quality of life. But the committee's decision will now enable other aspects of the project to move ahead. Mayor Yael German said she welcomed the decision, which would enable the city to advance important developments that would benefit the general public.