Summary of Planning Research
The Blue White Future (BWF) public movement is working to bring about a regional reality of two states for two peoples, in order to assure Israel’s Jewish and Democratic Identity. Absorption of Israelis who currently reside east of the security barrier, within the legitimate future borders of Israel is therefore essential.
The Israeli public, most of which is supportive of the two-state solution, sees a major practical difficulty in the relocation of the settlers back into the legitimate borders ofIsrael, due to the failure in absorbing settlers from the Gaza Strip.
BWF claims that this failure resulted from inadequate planning efforts made by the government at the time, which was manifested in the absence of sufficient housing and employment solutions for the evacuated communities.
In 2011 BWF conducted a planning research in order to support the public with figures regarding the inventory of residencies suitable to the settlers.
Our research focused on the system’s current readiness. Analysis of the findings led to concrete recommendations with regards to the optimization of the relocation process to all parties involved in it.
The research was guided by the assumption that 25,000 families will be in need of residency solutions. The researchers were instructed to search for 100,000 residencies in suitable areas. BWF has chosen a number 4 times higher than the expected demand in order to allow the settlers to choose a place of residence, and because this inventory is dynamic and available to all citizens of Israel.
All suggested solutions were in municipalities located between Haifa in the north and Be’er Sheva in the south, with accessibility to transportation. No solutions were suggested in the Tel Aviv area (due to expected costs). Settlers who would choose to relocate to the Negev and the Galilee regions will be able to receive solutions further to those mentioned in the research.
The findings of the research show that the current amount of available housing in the selected local authorities exceed our aggressive target and is therefore expected to be more than sufficient, even after elimination some areas due to some economic, social and planning issues. This is still the case if we consider that 40,000 residencies reflect the regular annual demand.
However, the findings emphasize the need to allocate national resources to the realization of the inventory of potential residencies, i.e. removal of administrative barriers in the permitting processes. Removing of these barriers will increase the number of residencies acrossIsrael.
- The research was conducted by Urbanix – Planning, Economy and Environment Ltd.
- Planning Counsel – Yehonatan Golani (Arc.), former head planner in the Ministry of Construction and Housing.
- Professional and academic guidance – Prof. Hillel Shocken ofTelAvivUniversity, and Prof. Eran Rezin of theHebrewUniversity. Leader of the research on behalf of BWF – architect Haimi Shneider.