Following the District Committee's closed discussion last week
on the Har Homa E plan for 540 housing units, the committee published its decision on May 3 to approve the plan on the condition that a few minor modifications are made. Since the requested amendments are technical and fairly uncomplicated, they will likely be completed within the coming months. For example, one of the requests centers on issues of park and landscape in the area: the committee instructed the plan's initiators to more significantly mark bike paths along the nearby road within the skeleton plan.
Official publication of the plan's approval will not require an additional session at the District Committee. The committee will simply ensure that the changes were implemented in the plan and subsequently publish the approval in the Public Record.
As noted previously, since the Har Homa E plan is designated for privately owned land, the planning process does not entail a tendering stage. In principal, the landowners can obtain building permits once the plan's approval is officially published. However, there are a few issues that could delay procurement of building permits:
Although the aforementioned items can potentially defer the building process, they are technical obstacles, and therefore should not be expected to block construction altogether. However, it should be noted that the decision to expand the access road is in the hands of the Israeli authorities; if they decide not to carry out the road expansion, it would obstruct housing construction in the area.
In recent months, Ir Amim has discovered the existence of other parcels of land in Har Homa E which are privately owned by other Israeli property-owners. While there is currently no sign of advancement of outline plans in this area, official approval of the plan for 540 housing units could serve as an impetus to begin promoting further planning in Har Homa E.