(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Committee on Wednesday approved construction permits for 243 housing units in the Jewish neighborhood of Ramot in northern Jerusalem, marking the final procedural step before construction will begin. Ramot is located beyond the 1949 armistice line with Jordan.
The committee also approved requests submitted by developers for construction easements for 270 housing units in Ramot and Har Homa. The purpose of the easements was to increase planning flexibility for projects that were already approved, the Jerusalem Municipality said.
Addressing the usual criticism of construction across the 1949 armistice line, the Jerusalem Municipality said, “There is no change in the policy of the municipality in recent years and we will continue to build in all neighborhoods of the city, for Jews and Arabs alike, according to the master plan. In the coming years, it is expected tens of thousands of housing units will be built in all sectors of the city. New construction in Jerusalem is essential for the city’s development and for allowing young people and students to live here and buy an apartment.”