Lagur – Ranit
Will the apartment prices/rates in Tel Aviv go down in the coming years? According to the plans set forth by the Tel Aviv Municipality there will be an addition of 120,000 apartments to the city.
This is the forecast according to the first Metaer Plan/Master Plan for the city of Tel Aviv which received its final approvals from The Regional Committee for Planning and Construction.The Mayor of Tel Aviv Yaffo, Ron Huldia, signed off on the plan today which must now be further approved by the Regional Council Chairman Dalit Zilber.
the Metaer Plan/Master Plan for the city, TA-5000, spans the entire potential area of the city and will determine the design trends and development methods of the city until the year 2025. The plan will determine the manner of physical development of the city: Which areas of the city will be designated for living spaces, working/office spaces, commercial spaces, public leisure areas or for any other appropriate land use; Which areas are appropriate for reservation and which are appropriate for new development; what are the guidelines and instructions in regards to city transportation, as well as many other variables and development aspects that could influence the physical development of the city.
The Approval of the plan allows the Local Committee of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality to approve of its own accord building plans which are congruent to the citywide Metaer Plan/Master Plan. This authority was until now only available to the District Planning and Construction Committee. The important benefits of this plan are the increased program transparency as well as organizational conviction, both for the residents of the city as well as the entrepreneurs running the program.This will also allow for a much more streamlined operation that will shorten the planning and execution of city projects.
120,000 Apartments by 2025
The plan suggests to expand the residential planning by up to 120,000 apartment units in response to the anticipated population growth by the year 2025, which will stand at 500,000 residents(compared to 426,000 currently).
The “Lagur” was informed by the Tel Aviv Municipality that an addition of 120,000 residential units in Tel Aviv could be added within the plan like in the north west of the city- where plans were nitiated for the building of 12,000 residential units; “Mevoot” Jaffa— 3,700 residential units; Plans for “evacuation and reconstruction” throughout the city—As of now there are a number of approved plans for additional construction of up to 15,000 residential units; as well as plans for the strengthening and revitalization of current buildings(Tama 38), and finally the “Revaim”(Quarters) Plan. “Already today there are plans approving up to 100,000 residential units”, representatives from the municipality explained to “Lagur”, “From these plans it is already possible today to pursue and receive further permits”.
The “Roofing” of Ayalon and the addition of Commercial Business Realestate
The basics of the plan include the construction of an additional boardwalk(“Tayelet”) above the Ayalon Highway all the way from Pinkas Street in the north until Haaganah Street in the South. The covering of the Ayalon Highway will allow for the development of new public spaces which will allow for leisurely activities, biking and walking paths, green areas, coffee shops and general commercial businesses.
The plan also entails the addition of commercial business spaces in the areas adjacent to public transportation hubs. The current plan forecast predicts 486,000 employed individuals in the year 2025(compared to 400,000 employed currently). The plan outlines construction guidelines for commercial business developments that are predicted to be sufficient in answering the influx of employees and suggests the allocation of 5,000,000 square meters for these developments. The majority of the area allocated to commercial business developments will be located at the current commercial business centers of the city, in close proximity to public transportation hubs, along the Ayalon Highway Train stops, and adjacent to all other metropolitan transportation centers. In addition, the plan allows for mixed use of residential properties and for employment within neighborhoods that are outside of the city center.
Planning and Construction of the Renewed Atarim Square
The Metaer Plan/Master Plan determines that in the area of The Atarim Square it will be possible to construct buildings for residential purposes as well as hotels, with the overarching goal of improving the relationship between the city and the adjacent sea. With this relationship in mind the plan puts forth areas for restoration in the White City, which has won recognition as a historical world heritage site by UNESCO. The plan bans the construction of new towers/buildings in the area of the White City and determines the rules and guidelines for sustaining the quality of the unique metropolitan essence and personality of the entire area. As of such, many areas have been deemed for conservation including the historical neighborhoods of Jaffa, the conservation of the the unique style of the Florentine neighborhood, The American Colony and The Noga Quarter. That being next to the newly constructed Central Bus Station.
The Metaer Plan- The first of its kind for the 1088 year old city
The Metaer Plan/Master Plan is based on the “Vision of The City”, which was approved by the city municipality in the year 2004, and follows the strategic guidelines that were put forth in that vision: The conservation and strengthening of the status of Tel Aviv- Jaffa as a cultural and economic center, the advancement of Tel Aviv-Jaffa as an attractive residential city for citizens of all ages, the conservation of the city’s heritage and advancement of the public multi-faceted transportation system of the city.
The preparation of the plan included from the outset of the process a public participation initiative which involved numerous meetings with diverse members of the community, as well as relevant workshops available to residents of the different areas of the city. More than 1700 residents, community and local officials, representatives from professional city planning, construction, and economic organizations, as well as experts in the different relevant fields participated in the communal inclusion process of the Metaer Plan/Master Plan thus far.
At the signing of the plan the Mayor of Tel Aviv (Ron) Huldai said, “Today is a day of celebration from the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Our city is almost 108 years old, but until this day there has not been an approved Statutory Master Plan for the city. This Master Plan that I have signed off on today is the culmination of a lengthy and thorough process that we have been working on for close to a decade. This process was intended to build a concrete plan that will continue to support the further development and evolution of the city and will give solutions to all obstacles that stand in its way to become the biggest metropolitan center of the country. The plan doubles the amount of available housing, while sustaining the unique urban quality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa as an example of mixed used urban spaces and inviting public spaces, with expansion beyond the city center both to the north and the south. Mayor Huldai further said, “The plan provides much certainty and planning transparency, and with its approval the Local Committee will be granted authority that is currently under the jurisdiction of the Regional Committee. This will allow for the shortening and streamlining of the city planning process in a much more efficient manner”.