Tel Aviv airport site plan passes further stage

Dov Hoz Airport  photo: Tamar Matsafi

The Protection of the Coastal Environment Committee has approved the construction plan for the land on which Dov Hoz Airport now stands, with amendments.

It hasn't received a green light yet, but today we can better understand what's planned for construction on the land of Dov Hoz Airport in Tel Aviv. The Protection of the Coastal Environment Committee, headed by headed by Planning Administration manager Dalit Zilber, has approved the outline plan for the Sde Dov Quarter. The plan was sent to the Protection of the Coastal Environment Committee after it was decided to deposit it in the Tel Aviv District Building and Planning Committee in July 2018.

The plan covers areas for residential construction amounting to 16,000 units, as well as commercial and industrial areas, public buildings, hotels and parks. There is provision for 200,000 square meters of hotel space with 3,700 rooms. This represents an addition of 1,700 hotel rooms to the original plan. The committee said in its statement accompanying the plan that "the main consideration in making the addition is expanding Tel Aviv's tourism offering."

As to the building height in the plan, the committee decided to limit it in the first line of buildings to 25 floors, and that on only a few lots. This is in accordance with the height stipulated in the Tel Aviv outline plan TA/5000. The committee also reduced the height of the towers planned where Einstein Street meets Runway Park and Beach Park from 45 to 30 floors.

The committee also said in its announcement, "In the western part, the plan designates land for two large parks that will connect the quarter to the seashore: "Runway Park", which will cover 66 dunams (16.5 acres), and "Beach Park", which will cover 177 dunams (44.25 acres). The Protection of the Coastal Environment Committee has decided that building permits will not be issued for more than 10,000 housing units until after these parks have been laid out. The committee also decided that a public building on the shoreline, just 100 meters from the shore, should be removed. Under National Outline Plan 13 (the national coastline plan), construction is forbidden in this area. The committee held that a relaxation allowing the building at this location should not be approved, in the light of the construction approved at the back of the site."

Dalit Zilber said today, "As with all plans that reach the committee, in the case of this plan too the committee placed the public interest at the top of its priorities, and found the right balance between development and preserving the coastline. The changes to the plan that the committee decided upon reflect the principle that the coastline is the property of the public at large and should remain so."

The plan now goes to the planning principles sub-committee of the National Planning Board, and from there it will return to the Tel Aviv District Building and Planning Committee for further processing for approval.

Published by Globes, Israel business news - en.globes.co.il - on February 3, 2019

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Dov Hoz Airport  photo: Tamar Matsafi
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