Planners Object, But Courts Approve Housing Development

When developers made plans for a housing development on land an Israeli kibbutz had to sell off, planners said the required rezoning was out of the question. But five years later and still without planners' approval, the courts have allowed project.

"Anyone visiting the area near Kibbutz Ga'ash a few years from now will probably find a gated luxury community. The building of this community north of Tel Aviv has triggered a complex dispute between big construction companies, planning institutions and environmental groups. Now it appears the real estate developers have won."

"This past Monday, Tel Aviv Administrative Court Judge Oded Mudrik ratified the building plans approved by the local planning committee - an undertaking that had been rejected by the regional planning committee. This means that after obtaining some building permits, the Tzukei Arsuf real estate development company will be able to continue putting up the new neighborhood."

Full Story: In clash of developer vs. kibbutz, the developer wins

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